Pepper plants crown roots showing.

jerem(5b)July 21, 2010

I have about 4 Bell peppers and 5 Hot peppers (bhut, habs) growing and on some of them on the top of the soil you can see the roots showing, they are in i think 12" containers and i dont want to buy bigger containers as these are pretty big as is, im wondering if i should just add some more soil ontop of the soil to cover up the roots? They are flowering as well and i dont want to transplant and disturb the roots anymore.

Thank you :)

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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Don't worry about it - it won't hurt a thing. Those are just transport roots (they only move water, nutrients to the leaves and food from the leaves to roots). They're not actively involved in water or nutrients uptake - at least not to the degree they would be missed if that function was compromised.

Al

    Bookmark   July 21, 2010 at 8:52PM
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jerem(5b)

Fantastic, thank you so much, do you know if it would harm them at add 2-3 inches of soil ontop of the existing soil? When i planted them they settled low into the container leaving about 3-4 inches from the soil to the top of the container. I wouldn't want to harm the plants if that would but if it wouldn't hurt it that would be great since they could hold more water in the soil and wouldn't have to water as often.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2010 at 11:51PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Why not add it at the bottom? Lift the plant from the container, put whatever amount of soil you need on the bottom of the pot, then fill the sides in with fresh soil as well, if required. BTW - having to water often is a + for your plants, even if an inconvenient - for you.

Al

    Bookmark   July 23, 2010 at 1:24PM
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