Planting roots - Knowledgebase Question

Ypsilanti, Mi
Question by ellenschule
April 11, 2010
Should all dorment roots be soaked in water before planting? If a flowering perennial will it not bloom till nextyear?


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Answer from NGA
April 11, 2010

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It's not absolutely necessary to soak the roots of dormant plants prior to planting. Soaking will rehydrate the roots which will make the plant establish a few weeks earlier, but if you don't soak, the roots will still drink up the necessary moisture from the ground before it begins to grow. If you plant the dormant roots of a summer flowering perennial now, it will bloom this summer.

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