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Q.Potted Tree Got Ripped Away From Its Roots, Can It Survive?

Zone Northamptonshire | LizziCowper added on June 26, 2023 | Answered

I have a young flamingo tree in a big pot, and sadly my dog today decided it looked like a good stick and pulled it out of the pot and across the garden 🙁 90% of its roots were left behind in the pot, and I was left with the tree (intact) and 3 tiny roots that remained attached to it. The roots were about 5-6 cm long and very stringy. I’ve replanted it and given it plenty of water, in the vain hope that it manages to keep going growing. How likely is this? Is there anything else I can do to help it? Or is it a lost cause?

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Answered on June 26, 2023

It is likely that the plant has been killed. This does not mean that it can't recover. They DO tend to grow roots, really, fast. Offering proper care will be the best way forward, as there is nothing special to be done:


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