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I’m a gardening pro – how to fix a common root problem with simple tips and stop it from happening in the first place

THERE are many ways a plant can die, causing its lush, green leaves to wither and eventually come to an end.

Houseplants like succulents that can go longer without water are more prone to a specific root problem than others — but thankfully, there’s a way to combat it.

A gardener revealed how to tell if your plant is suffering from root rot

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A gardener revealed how to tell if your plant is suffering from root rotPhoto credit: Getty
Apparently, root rot isn't always easy to spot

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Apparently, root rot isn’t always easy to spotPhoto credit: Getty

Root rot is a common houseplant disease, and according to PureWow, it’s preventable. The source of the problem lies in overwatering your plants, causing the roots to suffocate.

“Do the finger test,” says Justin Hancock, gardener at Costa Farms. “If you stick your finger in the soil and it’s soaking wet, overwatering can be the cause of your plant’s decline.”

However, root rot is not always caused by overwatering.

Sometimes root rot is the result of a soil borne fungus, but you can’t tell just by looking at your plant.

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“In the nursery, we would have to send a plant to a lab for testing to identify the pathogen,” Hancock said.

Additionally, root rot can be prevented by making sure your plant stays healthy by making sure it has the right light levels, good humidity, and the right indoor temperature.

Now that you know what causes root rot and how to prevent it, you may be wondering how to fix it once it’s present.

To fix root rot, you must first remove the plant from its pot.

Place the plant outside of the pot and on a rag to dry.

At this stage, your plant will either improve or die off in about a week or two.

After letting your beloved plant dry for a while, you may notice some life returning to it.

If the opposite is true and your plant ends up dying, don’t fret.

You can cut off a piece of it and then place it in a glass of water or straight into the soil to potentially start a new plant.

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Jessica MacLeish

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