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Do roots develop on buried stems?

Posted by janny 3b (My Page) on
Wed, Apr 14, 10 at 8:01

Of course I know this is true of a tomato! I have also always transplanted pepper seedlings deep, but do they really develop roots on that stem? I've never really checked. So this year I'm planting a few veggies I've never grown before, such as eggplant,cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower. I researched on this sight and found that it's o.k. to pot up these seedlings deeply too. So I'm wondering if these plants really root out on the stem. Do they or is this just a good tranplanting tip? Thanks, Janny

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RE: Do roots develop on buried stems?

They do on woody stem plants - those whose leaflets sprout directly from the stem itself. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, trees, etc.

But they don't from those plants whose leaflets sprout directly from the core, root ball. They don't normally have stems anyway until quite late in life - like lettuce when it bolts - and many flowers normally grown in low clusters.

Cabbage, broccoli (most varieties), and cauliflower are example of plants that fall in the "stemmed but not a woody stem" category. They can be transplanted deeper than lettuces and such but not as deeply as woody stem plants.

Hope this helps.


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