Indigofera Suffruticosa Roots

18 May

I usually don’t pull up my precious Indigofera Suffruticosa until grudgingly certain the plant has given up the ghost. Last time I pulled up IS was about three years ago when I got hit by a hard freeze. I lost all of my plants and did have to pull everything up. I remember that was difficult but they’ve been in the ground for three or four years. So this past winter I did lose a two year old plant, but the same vintage plants around it survived. So, here is a replay of the pull..

Two year plant succumbed to winter 2019/20 freezes.

So, the plant broke at ground level, not surprising since I have been doing spring watering. Rot has set in with the irrigation moisture on deadwood. So here is our second try at pulling the root.

So, yes, after two years full growth, the roots are deep. I won’t take a shovel to it due to its proximity to other plants. That root will stay in place.

And for those who remember my sad plant ravaged by caterpillars, it lives. Transplanted to a pot and spoiled for a couple of weeks the leaves are making another appearance. This will go back into the ground soon. It still looks sad but with the increasing warm temps and a permanent home in the ground it will thrive.

3 Responses to “Indigofera Suffruticosa Roots”

  1. rsmalbin May 18, 2020 at 3:04 am #

    Work, work, work!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. shiborigirl May 22, 2020 at 4:53 pm #

    wondering what type of caterpillars like the indigo there? so will these plants continue in this location?


    • debmcclintock May 22, 2020 at 4:59 pm #

      Hmmm, I did not stop to identify them. I just moved the critters to a mutually agreeable locations other than my IS. Normally crickets & slugs are the problem. Yes, my plants will continue under close watch. With the temps cranking up to 100 the bugs retreat from my plants. Bug watch is weather managed. Next time I find the bug I will photograph and ID. I confess to being reactive in the moment. The plant that was a leaf victim is releafing and will be replanted in the same bed.


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