As a new gardener, I was disappointed to see my containerized tomatoes starting to look more like apple dolls ~ those wrinkled faces made from withered apples. I thought I had given them plenty of water and nutrients, but the fruit looked awful.
When a plant is severely root-bound, it may be necessary to cut the circling roots to encourage outward growth. To do this, use a clean, sharp knife. Cut vertical lines up the side of the root ball in several places. You only need to go in an inch or so. Then tickle the bottom roots outward as you place the plant in new soil.
Be sure to water this traumatized plant well. Before long, these plants will grow new roots to support delicious above-ground growth!
You can grow a surprising amount of food in your own yard. Ask me how!
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