6 Tips for When Your Plant Has Root Rot

by - 7/12/2020 12:00:00 AM

As many of you know, I just became a plant mom last month, and it really has been a learning curve for me. I've always loved having plants, however, I haven't been a plant mom for over ten years. Unfortunately for me, one of my plants had root rot, due to overwatering, and poor drainage. I caught the root rot at first just in time. However, I skipped all of the necessary steps to properly recover the plant. Below, I'm sharing 5 tips for when your plant has root rot.

6 Tips for When Your Plant Has Root Rot  

Stop Watering
When your plant has root rot, you shouldn't continue to water the plant, and you should defiantly not water the plant in the same pot that has the root rot.

Cleaning Roots
Once all of the soil is removed from the roots, it's really important to ensure that the roots are properly cleaned. I used peroxide to clean my plant's roots. However, do your due diligence, and see what works best for your plant. 

Clean Pot
Make sure the new pot or old put is thoroughly cleaned prior to repotting.

Larger Pot
You should not place you plant in a larger pot when repotting and trying to combat root rot. Try to keep your plant in the same size pot.

Water Plant
Your plant should only be watered once the roots have been cleaned, and the plant has been re-potted.

Planter Pots
Yes, it's nice to have beautiful planter pots. However, being a newbie to plants it's more important to go with the safer alternative when repotting plants. Terracotta planters have amazing benefits for plants. Terracottas pots are porous which allows for air and water to move through the walls, preventing soil disease and root rot.

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  1. This is perfect for people who can grow stuff. I've tried and it never ends well for me.

  2. I've never heard of root rot! My husband just planted a few things so this is good to keep in mind. Thanks!

  3. We haven't been very successful at growing indoor plants but this year, we were able to grow flowers in our garden for the first time!

  4. Kristine Nicole AlessandraJuly 13, 2020 at 6:51 PM

    I love plants! Since the lockdown, I have collected and nurtured to life 5 indoor plants. I have two varieties of snake plant, an Asian Money Tree (jade plant) and 2 succulents (rose cabbage and black prince). They are my stress busters! Thanks for these tips on how to address root rot in plants.

  5. I had a plant that had root rot when it was given to me. I cleaned it and moved it to a bigger pot and it is doing much better.

  6. I've started gardening plants and flowers and these are helpful tips! Thank you for this.


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