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Root Rot

Phytophthora spp.

Root rot often associated with over watering and water moulds florishing

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Identification

Roots soften and die back - usually associated with a foul smell.

Symptoms

  • Wilting, yellow or sparse foliage
  • Branch dieback

Biological treatment

Improving soil drainage can greatly reduce the risk of plants succumbing to the disease. Where the disease is new or localised in the garden, affected plants should be destroyed and the soil from the root-run replaced with fresh topsoil. Replanting should be done with less susceptible species.

Chemical treatment

Sterilise water in hydroponics/soil in potplants

Affected plants

Most plants; Sugarbush and ZZ Plant
Sugarbush
Protea repens

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