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Today Leslie Halleck (“Her Highness of Horticulture”) joins me again to talk about the topic I was most excited to cover this season: ROOTS (or as we call it “root-ology”. We spend so much time thinking about the “above soil” section of the plant, and often times, disregard the unbelievable root structure underneath the soil that is responsible for keeping the plant alive! So today Leslie walks us through what roots are, why they are important, how they vary, and lots of troubleshooting questions from our Patreon supporters.

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In this episode we learn:

  • What roots do for the plant
  • Roots relationship with the “above ground” portion of the plant
  • Water vs soil roots
  • What growing medium does for root development
  • Different types of roots: fibrous, tap, tuberous, adventitious
  • What an aerial root is
  • Is a rhizome a root?
  • Best practices with roots when repotting
  • Listener questions!

Mentioned in this episode:

Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! Wallygro Greenwall Update and Install

Leslie's Books: Plant Parenting (for propagation) and Gardening Under Lights 


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