What Every Grower Should Know About Plant Root Problems And How To Fix Them



Plant roots are the foundation of your plants’ and grower success. That is, they literally give support to the plant but also figuratively because a lot can go wrong with them without you even noticing! So let's talk about some ways that root problems might manifest themselves in your garden or indoor system.

You can't have great harvests or a finished product without great roots. So, we're going to discuss:

  • Why are your plant roots so important.

  • How to spot signs and often-overlooked symptoms of plant root problems.

  • Our best tips for fixing your plants root problems, step-by-step.

So, Why Are The Roots of Your Plant So Important?

Experienced growers will tell you there’s a direct correlation between dense, thick, healthy root systems and big yields.

Yet most of them know very little about how important the root system is to grow success. It's obvious that your plant's roots act like an anchor that hold it upright in its growing medium – giving stability for anything overhead or below-ground; absorbing water and nutrients from whatever they're planted in so as to provide those crucial resources up into the plant for growth; even acting as sensors - sensing when something isn't quite right with their environment (a change in temperature) before any other part does.

The Yield Increasing Secret Hiding In Your Plant Roots

Plants have a storage system, or roots. They are essential for the process of nutrient uptake to happen at all. When plants absorb sunlight with their leaves they’re able to combine it with water flowing up from its roots in order create energy that goes back down into those same root systems which then sends nutrients like sugars, starches and other items right back out towards the leaves where this whole cycle starts over again!

The fact is when you have healthy plant roots you're building an important storage system because as soon as your leaf's start absorbing carbon dioxide (CO2) along with water going up through your stalk's stem veins - combined together creates what we know call sugar glucose starch fiber proteins amino acids etc...the flow.

In the bloom phase, your plants need a lot of energy to build their structure. As they tap into these reserves and use up crucial carbohydrates in storage within leaf cells for photosynthesis, some are sent back down the plant that will be stored at its roots where it's most needed- because high value growers can't get enough out of leaves during this 12 hour light cycle!

And that's why a healthy root system is crucial; to make sure plants have access to all the stored energy they need, when they need it most. With this reliable source of power combined with optimum soil and watering conditions in place, you're guaranteed bigger yields!

How To Spot You Have A Plant Root Problem?

Plants with a root problem may display some tell-tale signs. Here are the most common symptoms to look for:

  • Wilting stems or leaves.

  • Brown or slimy roots, which is typically root rot.

  • Your runoff water smells bad (musty or rotting smell).

  • Curling or cupping of leaves.

  • Plant may appear droopy or overwatered.

The Common Causes Of Plant Root Problems

There are a lot of potential causes for plant root problems, so there is not just one answer to what's causing your plant root problem:

  • The wrong size pot can be detrimental to your plant's growth. If you have a small plant in a big pot, the roots will start off struggling and then eventually die from not having enough oxygen or being over watered. Conversely, if you're using too large of an object for your plants needs it may become root bound; this means that no matter how many nutrients are given to the soil there is always more room so they suck up all water until they suffocate because their root system has expanded outward. In either event, you'll need new containers!

  • Growing plants at the wrong temperature can lead to disaster. Too cold and your plant's roots might wilt, too hot and you risk root rot! The way we live has a big impact on how our environment affects us as humans, but what about for those living in it? When dealing with an unfamiliar or uncomfortable climate, they may not survive if their needs are left unmet due to improper care; this is especially true when considering vegetation. If growing outside of its optimal conditions (too warm or too cool), some problems that could occur include wilting leaves from heat stress or rotting away from constant exposure to frosty temperatures.

  • Not enough oxygen: This is the root of all evil for your succulents--literally. Your plant roots need oxygen to be healthy, but when there's not enough, pathogens can become a breeding ground in which they proliferate and will eventually lead to root rot or other problems such as leaf drop because you're depriving them of their natural system like photosynthesis that helps make sugars for food production. Ensure containers have drainage holes so water doesn't build up around the base where it stagnates on top of these precious root systems causing more harm than good!

  • Overwatering can cause your plants to droop or even die. If this is the problem, it may be because their roots are sitting in stagnant water and they're not receiving enough oxygen.

How To Fix Your Plants Root Problems Quickly?

It may be tough to identify the cause of your plant's root problems, but a little prevention is better than a costly cure. If you're following all best practices for high-value plants, then hopefully that will ward off most troubles on this end. That said, some common roots issues are still likely because not every problem can be avoided and sometimes it just happens out of nowhere so don't panic too quick!

It’s time to get serious. That means no more guessing or dabbling in the dark when it comes to cannabis cultivation and propagation. You need a plan, you need answers—and luckily for ya, I have them! Just follow these steps:

  • It’s possible you are overwatering your plants. Is the container too small? Or maybe watering is being done every day instead of weekly, or with too much water at a time.

  • You may be under watering your plants if you've noticed they're not growing as lushly as usual. One potential fix is to give them more water by watering around their containers, and from underneath the container's drainage holes too!

  • Do your roots look slimy, brown and gross? Careful, your roots might be rotting! If you’re noticing that they are slimy and brown, like snot covered up in tissues. Have you overwatered before? Or have the conditions been too dry with not enough oxygen for them to grow properly?

Attention: When it comes to the ideal temperature for your roots, growing methods can make a big difference. For example, in hydroponics you'll want temps of about 72 degrees Fahrenheit while coco coir and soil will require temperatures between 70-85 degrees depending on strain or preference.

The perfect breeding ground for bacteria is a warm, wet place. For your plants to grow properly, you want their environment to be cool and dry--not hot or damp. Consider the water temperature of your hydroponic system when deciding what type of climate control would work best in growing room that supports plant roots well.

If you're looking for a way to keep your roots happy, it's important that they stay submerged in water. And if the temperature is less than 70 degrees Fahrenheit then there will be 30% more dissolved oxygen!

This means we can give our plant friends their own snorkel so they’ll breathe better while drowning them with love and care.

In other words, when growing with methods like aeroponics or deep water culture, you need a way to keep your reservoir cool. You can either get an outdoor chiller and store it outside so the temperature is colder than inside; alternatively use some of these indoor techniques if the climate where you live has average temperatures that are too warm for this type of method:

-use frozen water bottles and put them in the reservoir.

Are Your Roots Healthy?

Healthy, high-value plant roots are white or cream coloured. If they're yellow, orange, brown or any other colour besides the aforementioned colours then this is a sign that your plants have some sort of illness and should be taken to see a specialist as soon as possible.

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Moral of the story? Pay Attention To Your Roots Because They’re The Foundation Of Your Grow Success

High-value plants need a strong foundation just as much as any other type of building. The root system is what helps your plant grow and thrive, so you have to make sure that it has everything it needs in order for the fruits (or flowers) to be equally amazing. We know this might not seem glamorous or exciting like looking at big juicy buds but by following these tips, we’ll end up with better harvests each day!



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