Did you know that sometimes plant roots can grow in a circle?
This phenomenon occurs often in the spring as gardeners start visiting nurseries and some of our Saratoga Farmers’ Market vendors to purchase perennial plants, shrubs, or small trees. Often these plants are started in pots, and as the plants grow, the roots begin growing into a circle at the bottom of the container.
Horticulturalist Sadie Ross recommends slicing the roots in a cross and teasing them out before planting. This step will prevent the roots from continuing to cluster into a circle and encourage them to grow outward, ensuring that your plant will flourish.