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Tap roots

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giulia Tue 07-Apr-20 19:49:34

I want to ask what may seem a stupid question: if I pull up a taproot (weed) and it breakes leaving the tip of the root in the ground, can a new plant grow from that root?

Have been doing a fair bit of delayed weeding recently and this thought occurred to me.

merlotgran Tue 07-Apr-20 19:55:06

Yes, unfortunately it is likely to regrow. The best thing to do is keep hoeing it when it emerges which will weaken the plant and eventually kill it.

tanith Tue 07-Apr-20 19:59:36

Dandelions are famous for it, the root breaks so easily if you aren’t careful.

merlotgran Tue 07-Apr-20 20:01:12

This year's record breaking tap root is a fennel plant that self seeded in one of the raised beds. Took two of us to pull it out.

Jaycee5 Tue 07-Apr-20 20:03:27

Hollyhocks do. They can be a pain to get rid of once they get established - and a long way to dig down.