Examining Roots When Transplanting Hostas

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Learn how to examine the roots when transplanting hostas in this free online instructional gardening video. View Video Transcript

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Amanda Kantor

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OK, I'm just taking a look at my root system here to see if there's any roots that don't look very healthy. In doing that I'm kind of breaking away some of the soil. You want nice young fibrous root hairs, which this plant has certainly got and I'm just gonna be real gentle about it, just to kind of pull away, sort of, this heavy loam that's on here. It's good to take a look at the roots to see if you have any kind of disease happening, or decay, so that you can maybe amend your soil or put it in a better mix. They're very caked in the soil matter right now so it's kind of hard to tell how white the roots are so I'm just gonna kind of soak them a little bit. Try to wash off a little bit of that soil matter here so you can sort of have a better look. Once I've done that you can just see that this is a very viable, healthy root stock. The plant has been trimmed back, it's completely prepared to be planted at this point and everything looks really good.