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Moving Abies koreana

Hi - I've been growing a prostrate form of Abies koreana in a huge pot for about five years. I went to move it yesterday, only to find it has sent a root through the bottom of the pot and firmly into the soil below. I really do want to move it, but am worried about cutting through the root. Is it likely to be a very deep tap root? I thought conifers only had shallow roots, but the pot is about two feet tall so it's at least that deep! Any advice?


  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150

    Hi Thankthecat image. I've no experience of growing your plant (had to google itimage) but it sounds like a tap root, could be searching for water if it's pot bound.

    Is it possible to dig down to loosen the soil underneath the pot before you attempt to lift it? 

  • Sadly not, Kitty. The pot is so big and heavy that we can only lift one side of it a couple of inches. It's about 2' in diameter and 2'6" tall. I have refreshed the top layer of compost in the pot every couple of years and it is out in the elements, so getting rainwater plus I water it in dry spells, but I guess it must be a tap root. Next question then - will the plant survive if I cut that root? From the little I can see, I'd say it's about 1/2 to 3/4 inch in diameter. I'm just hoping that, because it's so far below the surface part of the plant, that it will cope if I cut it?

  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150

    As it's not a plant I'm familiar with I wouldn't dare hazard a guess as to it's chances of survival.

    I did once cut through some large roots when transplanting an established Acer from my mum's garden to mine. It was refusing to budge so I took a risk and chopped it (mum was going to bin it so worth a chance). Luckily it survived.

    I'd sit tight and wait for advice from one of the proper gardeners image

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,266

    I would risk it. image

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • Thanks Ladybird, I think I will have to and just give it lots of tlc afterwards.

  • That's great Verdun, thank you!

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