I've read online in several places that I can tell if my plant is salvageable by checking the rhizome, and that's about as far as the description goes. Is it just a matter of digging up the plant and having a look at the underside? They often seem to be buried quite deep in the pots that I buy. Anything I should avoid while trying to check it? How likely is the plant to go into shock from this process? I've killed enough plants so far that I don't want to kill a salvageable one in my attempts to determine the plant's level of damage.
Your plant should be dormant by now if you are in the Northern hemisphere, so shouldnt be exhibiting any problems. But in answer to your question if you remove the rhizome from your pot and wash off the substrate, a healthy plant would have a firm white rhizome with no signs of rot and a good healthy root system. And yes, you do run the risk of setting your plant back by this process but whilst dormant this will of course be lessened. As Lloyd suggests a picture before you dive in uprooting everything may help diagnose whether there is a problem or not.
dvg: Spring is sprung, our grass ain't riz,
Mar 20, 2019 16:58:22 GMT -5
dvg: below the snow, asleep it is.
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dvg: Still grassroots dream of their rise,
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dvg: in sunny days, on blue skies
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insectivore: Then Boom we Get hit with yet another Snow Storm in Quebec...
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dvg: Parts of Quebec got hit with a lot of snow.
Mar 23, 2019 20:29:10 GMT -5
dvg: These late March snow storms are easier to digest than the mid-May wintry blasts that do so much damage to the trees
Mar 23, 2019 20:33:09 GMT -5
insectivore: Agreed! we got a good 10-12 inches but the warm days are taking care of it!!
Mar 27, 2019 18:04:28 GMT -5
dvg: That was a decent dump of snow!
Mar 28, 2019 8:49:24 GMT -5
dvg: With the days now longer than the nights and the noonday sun rising higher in the sky each day, it won't be long before winter is just an afterthought
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lloyd: The plants wandered out of the garage and zoomed back in before a dump of snow.
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dvg: landscapes draped in snow
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dvg: Sarra's safe inside
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bonfield: I've decided to finally reveal my best-kept secret for growing healthy Neps: Just spit on them every few days, the enzymes in saliva help them to better absorb the fertilizer I spray them with!
Apr 1, 2019 14:24:31 GMT -5
dvg: Salivating up your drools?
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dvg: Duped again on April Fool's!
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