Plant Root Problems

Novice gardeners have one common problem— some of their plants keep on dying. It is quite obvious that some of them have not learned what experienced growers already did, and if you are one of these newbies, then you should grab a paper and pen and take down some notes.

The first thing you need to do is to identify the underlying issues of your plants’ current condition. In most cases, the issue has something to do with the plants’ roots. Problems with the plants’ roots can run from the simplest explanations to the most complex ones— such as root diseases.

In order to correctly diagnose the condition, it is a great idea to clearly answer questions like “Do most of your plants die on the same spot?”

If yes, then you shouldn’t worry further as you are now on your way to solving the problem. Our team of experts is also here to assist and guide you throughout the process— from identifying the main cause of the problem to formulating treatment plans.

Again, in most cases, frequent withering is caused by root conditions. Roots actually perform various crucial functions, such as taking up water, nutrients, and oxygen from the soil and into the plant. Thus, when the problem is in the roots itself, the plant’s survival rate will be critical. Simply put, damaged roots can kill the plant.

To start diagnosing your plants’ root problems, focus on the less complex explanations first— water. Plants that are grown in containers can survive in soilless pots. However, it is difficult for the water to flow in and out of the container.

Moreover, container plants can become root-bound, which makes taking up water more difficult for the plant. So, a possible diagnosis could be a lack of water. The solution for this is to use a water meter in order to measure moisture inside container plants.

You may also use a soil tube, shovel, or trowel to check moisture levels in the roots. If it is under-watered, make sure to add more water supplies next time. On the other hand, if it is overwatered, you should lessen the frequency of the supply.

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