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Tony29 starts with ...
Hi, I have a 3-4 year old dwarf mulberry tree in a large pot. It is about 1.5 metres high and it just finished fruiting albeit only a very small crop as yet. Its roots at the base of the trunk have become uncovered with watering over time (see attached pictures) and I was wondering if I should add more potting mix to cover them up but I am concerned that might cause collar rot. Any ideas what I should do?
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Tony29
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26th October 2018 7:23pm
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Julie says...
I would mulch it well. You won't get collar rot in the roots, only if it comes in contact with the trunk. The roots are usually covered anyway.
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Tony29 says...
Hi Julie, thanks for the reply however, if I add mulch to cover the roots which are bare at the very base of the trunk it would be nigh impossible not to contact the trunk in the process (see picture).
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Julie says...
I had a Rangpur lime that looked like this. I covered the roots with compost and it was fine. Just go up to the trunk and no further - probably OK to leave some of the root exposed.

BTW, you have a few nutrient deficiencies there. I would give it trace minerals now.
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Linton says...
I have the same problem with a Longan tree where the roots are exposed quite high up close to where the lower branch is shooting out. What do you suggest should be done, should I cover the roots all the way up the trunk? Thank you.
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