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How To Control Root Rot In Plants

by aditya abhishek


Root rot can lead to stunted growth, wilting, yellowing of leaves, and even death of the plant. It is common among seedlings, cactuses, succulents, pothos, monstera, etc.

Causal Organism

It is caused by several different microorganisms that thrive in wet, poorly drained soil. These include fungi such as Phytophthora, Pythium, Rhizoctonia, etc.


Decaying of roots, roots turn into black in colour and become soft, yellowing of leaves, stunted plant growth, wilting, etc. 

Improve Drainage

To prevent root rot disease, ensure good drainage in pots or soil. Avoid using clayey soil for growing soil. Instead use well drained loamy soils. 

Avoid Overwatering

Overwatering can contribute to the development of root rot. You should water your plants only when the top inch layer of the soil is dry.

Remove Infected Plants

To prevent disease from spreading, if you notice any signs of root rot, you should remove the infected plants immediately.

Apply Fungicide

Use copper-based fungicides and systemic fungicides. You can use SAAF fungicide. However, they are most effective when used preventively. 

Replace Soil

Never use soil directly for growing plants that has been used earlier. Sun dry them for a week before reusing to grow plants.

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