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Deformed Root Crops - Vegetables

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What Causes Root Crops to Be Deformed?

Overcrowding of Root Crops

Malformation of root crops occurs when the enlarging storage roots of beet, turnip, kohlrabi, potato, carrot, etc. come into contact with their neighbors. Proper spacing of transplant or thinning or seedlings will prevent the problem.

Rocky or Compacted Soil

Malformation occurs when the enlarging storage roots of beet, turnip, kohlrabi, potato, carrot, etc. come into contact with obstacles such as rocks and tight clay.

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