[NAFEX] root pruning mistake

Bassem Samaan bassem at gardener.com
Thu Aug 7 07:21:44 EDT 2008

I respect your opinion, but based on my experience with leaving branches
unpruned after the roots had penetrated I got trees that became very
weak. I had die back, fruitlessness,  and in some cases the trees died.
What happens is the fine roots are now on the outside of the pot. When
these are cut the branches demand nutrients that the thick roots inside
the pot are not able to supply.

Bassem Samaan
zone 6, Pa

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: "Alan Haigh"
  To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
  Subject: [NAFEX] root pruning mistake
  Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2008 18:30:33 -0400

  I just read a posting I made in early a.m. and there were sure a lot
  of errors, how embarrassing (hopefully no one read it).  At the end I
  suggested leaving the roots unpruned of a fig tree that has been
  allowed to root out from its container into surrounding soil.  I
  meant to suggest that after pruning the roots while digging the tree
  out in the fall you should try leaving the branches alone and not to
  cut them back.  I suspect you will find that there will be no
  die-back of branches as a result of a reduced root structure. 
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