Keeping your plant roots healthy is key to growing healthy plants!
Roots are the foundation of your plants and have many functions. They provide the anchor needed to keep the plant in place, and they act as a lifeline by taking up air, water, and nutrients. Therefore it's crucial to show them care!
What do healthy roots look like?
1. Healthy plant roots will be fairly smooth to the touch.They vary in shades of white, most often appearing as a creamy white, especially on new growth. Sometimes, nutrients will cause a shading effect or discoloration on the roots. Certain species, like Swiss Chard, have naturally colorful roots.
2. If you notice any browning spots or discoloration, it most likely means there is a bacterial build-up issue. Typically these roots will be slimy, tangled, and may even have a rotting odor.
3. While the yPod stores each plant’s main root system, some hydroponic plants can produce additional, adventitious roots. These are roots that generate from other parts of the plant - like the stem tissue - rather than the root system.
How do you prune the roots?1. Remove the yPod (not the yCube) from the Gardyn to begin your inspection
5. If the yPod is stuffed with roots and they are starting to look unhealthy (brown, slimy, smelly), it is time to restart your plant with a fresh yCube!