from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In horticulture, the pruning of the roots of a tree or shrub; in agriculture, the cutting of the lateral roots of corn, cotton, etc., by the use of a knife or by close and deep cultivation when the crop is well established, on the theory that the growth is thereby thrown into the useful part. Such treatment has proved in general injurious to corn, but in the far South, apparently benefits cotton by checking the growth of weeds.


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  • As with watering, root-pruning cannot be carried out according to a fixed timetable but must be done according to the needs of the plant, as ascertained by frequent checks.

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  • If root-pruning causes the plant to wilt slightly, it has been done at the right time.

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  • For this reason, seedlings should not be kept too long in the nursery, or open-ended containers should be used, and the seedlings given regular root-pruning.

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  • In root-pruning or manuring apple-trees, I have found the tap-root stunted into a large round knob, further downward growth being prevented by this indurated formation.

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  • It may be necessary to give a second such cultivation when a clay soil is deficient in organic matter, but the root-pruning is a handicap.

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  • They had no gusto for new-fangled ideas about cordon fruit-trees or root-pruning.

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  • You may not even need to move up a pot size; you may just want to do some root-pruning to rejuvenate the plant.

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  • So much for my plans today for pruning my apple trees root-pruning my raspberries uncovering my artichokes or working on my rock border

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