The Root System – What Goes on Under the Surface of Your Soil

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The root system is the network of all the roots of a plant. It is the system of the roots and related organs that the plant develops.

The picture on top shows the many looks and types of the planting root system. The two main/basic types of root system types are:

1. TAPROOT system: this is a single primary root that dominates as the center in which branch roots develops around it growing laterally. This type of root grows vertically downward. Usually when a taproot system plant is pulled, the long taproot stays in the ground and re-sprouts.

2. FIBROUS root system: this is a network of fine roots with no central dominant root. These roots do not go as deep as the taproots, but they spread laterally growing from the stem.

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