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Q.What will happen if I cut a small amount of the tap root off my devils ivy that was tarting to get root rot?

Zone 7004 | Emily1264 added on July 31, 2018 | Answered

I was trying to save my devils ivy which was stations to get root rot, and realised I cut some of the tap root which I wasn’t meant to do. It was really long and it is very well developed plant. It was only about 1/4 that I cut from it. So you think this will effect the plant much?

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Answered on July 31, 2018

The cut will not harm the plant. The fact that there is an infection in the soil will. That is a very large, and now open, vascular cluster. This means that the infection will spread much faster throughout the entire plant. It will be necessary to treat the infection fast in order to save this.

Use dolomitic lime, and wettable sulfur around the area. This will kill off infection, and stabilize the pH. This will offer the plant the best chance of survival.

Just make sure not to water the plant. Unless it is very dry for a long time, you will not need to water this. They are drought tolerant, and will prefer drier soil if you can help it.

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