When we first go into a nursery to buy a tree, be it a fruit tree, shade tree or really any tree imaginable,
it is often the striking foliage or the distinctive flowers that entices us. However, the luscious appearance of your new tree may be deceiving. Horticulturist and nurserywoman
Jill Coomb examines the hidden secret of tree selection.
Rarely does one consider or inspect the root system when choosing a tree. Hidden away from sight the root system offers a vital insight into the future success of the tree.
Sadly most of us have experienced a poor performing tree and no matter how much love or care was offered, it never seemed to flourish. Often we blame ourselves when our new tree is not fruitful.
More frequently than not, a dwindling tree is often due to a poor root structure.
When a plant has an unhealthy root system it not only has limited growth, flower or fruit production, it can also be dangerous. An un-proportional root system can produce a highly unstable tree which may up-root itself or topple over during periods of heavy rain or wind.
To prevent a broken fence, or broken heart, in future it is recommended that all gardeners should inspect the root system when selecting your next tree.
Covering also Root Distortions, Pot-bound and Lopsidedness.