The fungus that causes root rot penetrates the root through wounds in the lower parts of the plant, killing the surrounding the root system. When the fungus spreads all the way through, it blocks vital nutrients and water from flowing up the stem. If you suspect your plant has rot, look at the leaves of the plant and the soil. A plant with rot will display damage in a circular pattern that stems from a central location.
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Symptoms of root rot include loss of growth, sparse foliage, chlorosis or discoloration of the typically green coloration of leaves, and wilting of leaves. You may also see rotting of the entire plant or just on a few of the leaves.
An overabundance of moisture is the underlying factor in rot, caused by members of the water mold genus Phytophthora. The most aggressive form of root rot is caused by P. cinnamomi. This condition often happens due to over watering, making it more common in cultivated plants.
Areas with poor water drainage are dangerous to plants because the excess water makes it difficult for roots to get the air that they need. This causes them to decay. Spores from root rot causing agents can contaminate nearby plants, but the rot will not take hold unless there is adequate moisture. These spores are not only airborne, but they can also be carried by insects and arthropods in the soil. Though a plant with rot will not typically survive, it can sometimes be propagated so that it will not be lost completely.
“Symptoms of root rot include loss of growth, sparse foliage, chlorosis or discoloration of the typically green coloration of leaves, and wilting of leaves. You may also see rotting of the entire plant or just on a few of the leaves.”
Once the fungus progresses enough to actually kill the plant, the leaves, and steams will become rotted. This provides a food source for even more rot causing spores to grow, typically in the form of a mushroom. From this point, spores become airborne and can spread to other plants in the immediate area. It can also be spread from root to root and this can be devastating to your clone crop.
How to Avoid Root Rot
To avoid rot in your plants, the only water when soil becomes dry. Particularly heavy soils can also contribute to the condition as they can suffocate root systems. Check water drainage in your yard and make sure that soil and root systems can breathe.
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