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Stuff You Missed in Botany: Taproot

Stuff You Missed in Botany: Taproot

What do you need to know about taproots?

Not all plants have a taproot, but many of them do. Plants having taproots are extremely difficult to successfully  transplant, however, they are also not very easy to kill. For example, a dandelion has a substantial taproot. You can mow and hack at these little guys, the taproot will just send up new shoots and start again.

At this point I could explain dicots and monocots, but I’m not going to right now. I reserve the right to explain those later. Instead, I’m going to first explain it the way I explained it to Patrick.

Two groups of people want to get the same job done, they want to build a tower.

One group chooses to elect the strongest  guy to stand at the base of the tower, direct all the other workers and then build the tower and climb each section, getting materials needed from the workers he directs. He does the majority of the heavy work, but since he stays put, he relies on the rest of the workers for materials.

The second group chooses to all go out together to gather materials, meet back at the building site and all construct together, gathering more supplies as necessary.

Both groups can get the job done. Both groups build with sound principles. They’re just different, and they each have their own strengths and weaknesses.

Taproot System

The taproot system is a good one. One root grows thick and deep, sending out some smaller roots for

Carrots, roots and all

water and food, sending up leaves to bring the energy offered from the sun. You can cut off the top, it will send more (dandelion). You can hack off the side roots, it’ll make more. It’s only real Achilles heel is that taproot. Damage or disturb the taproot, and it’s very likely to kill the plant.




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