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Slice root balls and tease out roots
If you buy potted plants or shrubs, they
may well be root-bound. With nowhere
else to grow, roots form tight circles
inside the pot. As the plant grows, the
tightly wound roots prevent water and
nutrients from reaching the leaves.
Before planting, gently coax these roots
outward with your fingers. If the roots are
very stubborn, make three or four vertical
cuts in the root-ball with a sharp
knife. Once planted, water often to help
the plant get established.