I'm wondering with my bees on my deck if I can grow plantain in a pot....any thoughts? Does it have a deep tap root or would it grow in a pot?
Linda T heading for Mississippi
Linda, Michael is right about it loving to grow in compact soil. The broad leaf plantain that invades my lawns has a very short root, not a tap root at all. The root is similar to many of the weeds (and plants and flowers) that have that root that is like the buttercup. The root is shallow with many, many little roots all coming from the rosette of the plant. The roots spread out sideways, downwards and are all attached to the base of the plant. This gives the plant an enormous power to stay stuck in the soil. I dig out plantain all the time from specific areas in the lawn and this reduces the amount that is there, it can make like a mat and completely smother the grass. It is actually quite easy to get out if you do it right and the soil has been moistened (which is easy to have occur around my climate, hee, hee). You could very very easily grow broad leafed plantain in a pot, simple as pie, hee, hee. Have a wonderful and beautiful day, love this life we live. Cindi