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Robert- Habits and Patterns of Aerial/Adventitious Roots?

 
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Hi Robert, I'm curious what light you can shed on the growth and patterns of aerial and adventitious roots and how these differs from those of "normal" roots. I'm thinking of plants like mangroves, banyans, some other figs, and possibly ivy or other vines. Once these aerial roots hit the ground, do they grow through the soil like any other root, or do they maintain different habits? From the appearance of their aboveground portions, I might expect them to have few branches belowground and therefore to grow as taproots, but I realize that most plants don't seem to care about my expectations. I know you talk in Roots Demystified about the prop roots of corn, but they are pretty small in comparison. I will likely be working with mangroves in the Philippines in about a month, so I'm curious about their roots and how they might influence my gardening.

Thanks!
Jonathan
 
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