Imagine seedlings which have great roots - the roots will help the plants grow well in your garden.

I can think of:

1. The seedlings will easily take new roots in your garden.
2. The seedlings will easily take root in your garden. 
3. The seedlings will easily take in your garden.

How would you describe it? Synonyms and single words are welcome.

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    All three are correct, but which one should be used is a matter of opinion (IMO). To put down roots is a synonym to to take roots, but this is very similar to your own solutions. Were you looking for something else entirely (and in what way would you like it to be different)? Are you looking for a single word perhaps (something like flourish)? Without more details it's difficult to answer your question.
    – Lucky
    May 10, 2015 at 17:06
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    Incidentally, once they take root and are doing well, you can say they are thriving. May 11, 2015 at 8:53

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The usual phrase is not "take roots", but "take root", singular (it's an otherwise-archaic usage that's preserved). So:

The seedlings will take root in your garden easily.

Or perhaps:

The seedlings will easily take root in your garden.

This sounds a little better, but it's not a big difference.


The seedlings are vigorous. They will root vigorously in your garden. With well developed roots like these, they will grow vigorously in your garden.


How about:

The seedlings will develop strong roots in your garden easily.


The seedlings will readily take root in your garden.

Drop the s from roots and rearrange the syntax.

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