root rot


: any of various plant diseases characterized by decay of the roots and caused especially by fungi

Examples of root rot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Drainage holes allow excess water to escape, which is essential to avoiding root rot and other plant diseases. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 May 2024 The potting mix can be used for indoor and outdoor containers, but the moisture control mix may end up retaining too much water in indoor containers, which can lead to root rot. Renee Freemon Mulvihill, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 May 2024 Bag Size: 3 pounds (expands to 12 quarts) | Organic: Yes Key Terms to Know Sphagnum peat moss: A common ingredient that’s found in many potting soils, sphagnum peat moss can help soils retain moisture but also allow enough drainage to prevent root rot. Renee Freemon Mulvihill, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 May 2024 Like other scented geraniums, citronella plants can also fall prey to root rot and fungal problems when kept in soggy soil. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Apr. 2024 Of these, the last to be introduced, 'Fred Cochran,' is highly resistant to phytophthora, a root rot that can affect azaleas. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 15 Mar. 2024 Here are some factors to consider: Drainage: Ensure containers have adequate drainage holes to prevent water accumulation and root rot. The Arizona Republic, 21 Mar. 2024 Actually Stores Carbon What Is It Used For? Potting mix used for container gardening has to be able to drain well to avoid root rot, but also has to hold enough water for the plants to have a chance. Dan Nosowitz, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Jan. 2024 Ensure the soil is evenly moist, but don't overwater, which can cause root rot. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 25 Jan. 2024

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First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of root rot was in 1831

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“Root rot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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