Can you save a plant with root rot?
Maybe, maybe not. If you’ve let it dry out after a few days to a week or more, you may see it perk up. If it doesn’t, and you truly can’t bear to part with your dying plant, Hancock recommends that you snip off a piece for a cutting and place it in a glass of water or directly into soil to start a new plant.
Can you prevent root rot?
Not always. Certain plants, such as the ones that are drought tolerant, tend to be more susceptible to root rot. That includes popular houseplants such as pothos, snake plant, ZZ plant, peace lily, and cacti and succulents, so be extra careful not to overwater them. Also, make sure your plant stays healthy by giving it the right lighting conditions, decent humidity levels and average indoor temps with no drafts; a healthy plant is more resilient and less vulnerable to stress of any kind, says Hancock.
On the other hand, you don’t always have to take the blame and think you’re a bad plant parent if your plant develops root rot. “Sometimes these problems set in before you buy them. If a houseplant dies within a week or two of bringing it home, that could be the issue,” says Hancock. Either way, consider it a learning experience, and try again.
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