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Root Rot

What Is Root Rot?

Root Rot occurs when the roots have a lack of oxygen in the soil. The main cause is continuous over-watering or waterlogged soil. When water is trapped in the soil it expels the air upward away from the roots, causing decay. In this process the cells fail and breakdown. 

Root rot can spread quickly to a healthy stem, so it is vital to identify early on.   

How Do you recognise it?

The most common signs include; a sudden stage of no growth or stunted growth, the leaves wilting or the lower leaves becoming yellow. If the plant has a flower the loss of this, and the stem becoming limp or collapsing. 

If you suspect you have root rot, remove the plant from the soil to inspect the plants root ball. 

What has caused it?

The cause is too much water and moisture in the soil. 

However, further factors can agitate and worsen the situation. 

Not enough light. - Plants take on more water during photosynthesis, but light is needed for the process. 

Your over watering (Ensure you are adapting to weather/ heat & season changes)

The pot may have no drainage holes in the bottom- if this is the case it is important to be extra careful when watering. 

The process of Recovery 

Remove the plant out of the pot and inspect the root ball. 

Remove only the infected mushy and brown roots. (Try not to touch the healthy roots, it may put them into shock)

Clean out your plant pot with soap and water. 

Rinse the healthy roots with room temperature water. 

Ensure when repotting you use fresh well draining soil. If you have removed a large amount of the root you might need to scale down the pot size. (This does not mean you need to change the decorative pot, place it into a smaller grow pot, and plant this into the original pot until it grows) 

Don't compact the soil too much. You want oxygen to get to the roots. 

Do not place soil over leaves or too far up the stem, this can cause further problems. 

Once potted leave it for a week. It is important you take notice on how much you water the plant moving forward to ensure it does not happen again. 

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