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Zone wisconsin | rhhippy added on March 6, 2012 | Answered

Could my plant have root rot, or do you think it is just dormant? It is inside, leaves are drooping and are not shiny. They are dull looking. It did not get cold, and my other tropical plants are fine. Please help. Oh yes, it gets morning sun.

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Answered on March 7, 2012

Sometimes a lack of water will also cause drooping leaves. If it's been in dormancy, then it shouldn't require much watering until it begins waking up. So if you haven't watered lately, it may need some in addition to a boost of fertilizer.

On the other hand, if it's been getting plenty of water, it may have had too much, which can lead to root rot. This article will help you determine if this is your plant's problem and how to fix it: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/treating-root-rot-gardening-tips-for-housplants.htm

You may also want to check the plant carefully for signs of pests, which could be stressing the plant. If you find any, simply wash down the plant (shower or hose usually works well) and treat it with neem oil.

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