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Handeling Exposed Tubers/Roots

Joined
Mar 2, 2016
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SC, USA
Hey all,

I got some S. Leucophyllum 'Hurricane Creek' last spring. I planted them in tall pots with a sand/peat mixture and they did pretty well.

Over the winter, due to settling/compaction, and rain, the tops of the root ball, tuber, or whatever you want to call it has become exposed. It looks like one of them is putting out a flower spike. The spike is about 2" tall right now. I'm wondering if it's okay to just take a little more of my mix and cover over the tops of these? I think they're normally buried. I won't bury the spike of course, just the rest of the plant and around the spike. I figure the new growths will push up through this thin layer. I'm talking about maybe an inch.

Thanks for the help.
 
Joined
Dec 19, 2015
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Portland, OR
I think you are referring to the rhizome. They naturally push themselves out of the soil a little, I leave them exposed as they are.
 
Joined
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Oregon
It's usually recommended to keep the top of the rhizome exposed rather than burying it. The light and air movement will help keep it healthy and prevent fungal growth.
 
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