Root rot is caused by poor drainage in the planting soil, which lets moisture gather around the roots of the plant and keeping air from circulating around the roots, which results in root decay. The effects of root rot are pretty hard to get rid of, and plants that have it typically don’t survive. Root rot restricts the plant’s ability to uptake nutrients, so symptoms of root rot happen in both the underground root systems and above ground plant structures. Here are a few root rot symptoms to look out for:
The Symptoms of Root Rot
Stunted Growth: A plant’s root system is its link to vital nutrients that support the growth of your plant. Established root systems regulate the uptake and distribution of soil nutrients and water throughout the other plant structures. When the roots begin to rot, it is harder to distribute nutrients, and the plant doesn’t get the materials it needs to stimulate and sustain normal growth. Plants with root rot are stunted and shorter than they normally would be. Flowering plants might not have buds, or have weak or small buds. Leaves and stems are frail.
Necrotic Spots: Root rot can lead to the growth of certain fungal and bacterial infections that can interfere with the plant’s functions. Necrotic spots are brown or black spots that show up on leaves where fungal or bacterial infections are. The spots may be dry or mushy – this depends on the type of plant and the type of fungus or bacteria.
Wilting: The nutrients and water delivered to plant through the roots keep the plant healthy through the sunny and hot mid-day conditions. Without these nutrients, most plants with root rot wilt during the day. Some plants try to recover at night when it’s cooler, but recovery usually doesn’t last past the evening hours. Wilting plants have limp flowers, curled leaves or arched stems that can’t support the weight of flowers or buds.
Root Damage: The easiest way to see if your plant has root rot is by examining the root system. Healthy root systems may be pale or black, and firm to the touch. Plants with root rot have soggy, mushy or soft roots – the ends of the roots are browning or black, and they may fall when you touch them. Most plants whose roots have been badly damaged by rot cannot be recovered. A thorough washing followed by replanting in well-drained soil may salvage plants if you find the problem in its early stages.
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