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Root Damage and Crown Gall

14 years ago

So I know that nicking or damaging the crown can let in the bacteria that causes crown gall, but what about the roots?

The reason I'm asking is because I was planting a rose next to my established Dark Lady, and I'm pretty sure I cut through one of its roots (pencil sized) while digging the hole.

Have I created an entry point for gall? If it gets infected, will it travel up the root to the crown and kill the plant?

Roots get cut all the time when a rose gets moved, and I've never considered gall a problem.

Would like to know your thoughts. Thanks.


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