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Rotten Roots vs Healthy Roots

Rotten Roots vs Healthy Roots

Hi plant lovers and loyal readers of the aroidasia blog. How are you all? Hope you are in good health. This time the aroidasia blog will discuss and find out how the condition of rotten roots vs healthy roots is. Read this article until it's finished.

Understanding the characteristics of rotten roots vs healthy roots is necessary to maintain the fertility condition of your plants. Especially if it is classified as a plant that has valuable value for humans, it is very unfortunate if the roots rot and then get damaged.

Rotten Roots vs Healthy Roots

How to see the difference between rotten roots vs healthy roots? Actually, we can easily see it from its shape, but for more clarity, we can see in the description below.

Roots at a Glance What you Need to Know

The term root is used to define the part of the plant that is in the soil , either in the soil or in the water. Examples of plants whose roots are in the ground such as roses, chilies, and others. While examples of plants whose roots are in the water such as water hyacinth.

Root Function

Roots themselves have several functions, including as an absorber of water and nutrients in the soil, supporting plants, storing food, as a function of vegetative reproduction, as a place of photosynthesis, and as a means of respiration (respiration).

General Characteristics of Roots

Root characteristics , including having a yellowish color or tending to be whitish , having a purpose that can carry out continuous growth , and the shape of the tip is generally pointed to easily penetrate the ground.

Most roots grow in soil, although some float in water . Roots have no nodes and no segments , and have neither scales nor leaves.

Root Type

There are five types of roots that you may often find in plants, namely fibrous roots, one example is found in the onion plant. Hanging roots that can be found on the banyan tree. The taproot that you can find in green beans. The root attachment is found in the series. And breath roots can be seen in mangrove plants.

What Are The Characteristics of Healthy Roots?


To find out the condition of healthy roots, it can be seen on the characteristics of the condition of the plant or plant as follows, first the plant experiences new growth with healthy conditions as well. Second, the color of the green leaves is bright and even. Third, experiencing dense growing conditions, so the plants look compact and sturdy.

So, the condition of the plant that you have can reflect the condition of the roots on the plant. How? Have you checked it out today?

What Are The Characteristics of Rotten Roots?


Then what are the characteristics of rotten roots or roots that are undergoing decay? General characteristics such as yellowing of the leaves, the condition of the leaves wilting, the stems of the plant becoming soft and swollen, the plant becoming weak, and a foul odor appears.

The causes also vary, ranging from excessive watering of plants, soil conditions that are not loose, inadequate water holes in pots, pot space that does not match the needs of plants, lack of pores making the water in the pot evaporate, temperatures that are too cold, rotten air circulation, planting plants too deep, and the watering schedule is not right.

In addition, other causes of unhealthy roots are in the form of equipment contaminated with plant diseases, buying unhealthy plants, mixing unsterile planting media, and plants in weak or stressed conditions.

So what can be done when the plant roots are in an unhealthy condition? You can first check the condition of the plant roots by removing them from the pot or planting medium. Pay attention to root damage, if rotten or damaged roots can be cut, then cut them using sterile plant shears.

After that check how the condition of the soil, pots, or planting media from damaged plant roots. Check whether it is in accordance with the needs of the plant or not. After cutting the rotten roots, clean them first and then plant them again. Do not forget to also cut the leaves or flowers that have withered for sterilization.

After replanting, provide appropriate water, light, and potting requirements. Then observe whether the plant is disturbed again or not. If so, dispose of the plant safely to prevent root rot disease from spreading to your other plants.

If root rot is severe, try using a Commercial Fungicide. But the consequence that needs to be accepted is that the plants will be more susceptible to rot. There are also natural plant treatments using cinnamon, hydrogen peroxide, and chamomile tea.

Meanwhile, to prevent root rot due to rot or other things, you need to sterilize the soil well first. Then watering with the correct schedule. Use of pots according to plant conditions, selection of plant types, and routine observations.

Knowing rotten roots vs healthy roots and how to deal with them, will help you to take better care of your plants. Don't forget to share this article so that can share the benefits. Thank you for reading the article to the end. Good luck!

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