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How to Grow Yellow Root

By Kenneth Coppens ; Updated September 21, 2017

Yellow root is a plant with many medical benefits. It can be used to treat colds, sore throats, bladder problems, respiratory and sinus congestion, earaches and can even help with some skin disorders. Because of all the medicinal uses, many people want to grow yellow root in their own yard. Growing yellow root is simple and requires minimal maintenance.

Find a spot in your yard or garden that gets plenty of sunlight. Yellow root grows naturally in areas where it gets partial shade from trees, so try to provide this to the plant if possible.

Dig a hole roughly twice the size of the root ball. Make the hole deep enough so the plant is buried the same depth as it was in the container it came in.

Remove the yellow root plant from the container. Carefully separate the roots and put the plant in the center of the hole.

Fill in the hole with soil. If you have poor soil, you should fill the hole with half soil and half compost. Make sure the compost and soil are mixed thoroughly if you choose to use it.

Fertilize the plant using a fertilizer that is high in phosphorus. It is especially important that the plant gets phosphorus when it is young to promote good root development.

Surround the plant with a layer of mulch. Mulch is believed to make plants grow faster and strong.

Water the plant every morning. The soil should remain moist, but should never be soggy or muddy.


Things You Will Need

  • Garden shovel
  • Yellow root plant
  • Compost (optional)
  • Fertilizer
  • Mulch
  • Water

About the Author


Kenneth Coppens began his freelance writing career in 2008. His passions in life consist of extensive personal research on food, gardening and finding natural and eco-friendly alternatives to nearly all aspects of life.