Q.My miniature Japanese Maple is in a pot. I have had it approximately 3 years. I noticed water collecting in pot because we have had so
much rain. When I moved the pot, unnoticed to me, the root had grown through the hole in the pot and was in the ground. When moving the pot the root broke off. It was a large root. Now the tree is dying. Is there anyway I can save the tree?
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
That is an unfortunate situation as the root that broke off may have been the primary source for uptake of water and nutrients. Your only hope is that there are likely to be other functional roots inside the pot that will resume the uptake adequately to save the tree. Just continue to water the pot, and add a complete organic fertilizer.