Root pruning

Find out how to trim the roots of plants - and discover why you might do it - in this No Fuss video.

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We’re used to pruning the top growth of plants to restrict growth, but it’s also possible to trim a plant’s roots. In this No Fuss video guide, David Hurrion of BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine explains how you can use this technique to restrict the growth of plants, especially those growing in pots – a technique used by Chinese and Japanese gardeners when growing bonsai.

Using an acer, he demonstrates how to tease out the plant’s roots and prune them, and gives advice on the best time of year to do it.

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