Crown and Stem Rot disease - Houseplants Disease and Control

Houseplant Disease, Crown and stem rot

Crown and Stem Rot Disease

With Crown and Stem Rot disease, part of the stem or crown turns soft and rotten. If the diseased area is at the base of the plant, it is called Basal Rot. The fungus spreads rapidly and kills the plant. It is common under wet, cool and poorly ventilated growing conditions.

Control:
  • Discard the infected houseplant, its pot and the soil as the treatment is not effective and may spread to the rest of the houseplants.
  • If caught early, cut away the diseased tissue in a bid to save the houseplant. Avoid overwatering, improve ventilation and avoid keeping the houseplant too cool.

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