root rot


Definition of root rot

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Application of a turf fungicide is recommended, as leaf spots and root rot are very common with new sod due to the frequent watering and rains. Tom Maccubbin,, "Summer is a good time to add sod — in sunny spots," 10 Aug. 2019 Like with most succulents, only water when the top layer of soil is dry to prevent water pooling at the bottom and causing root rot. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "Rose Succulents Are Even Better Than Traditional Roses," 27 June 2019 Take all root rot shows up in all kinds of lighting: sun and shade alike. Neil Sperry,, "Wild violets: Weed or wildflower?," 21 June 2019 The original tree stood for 76 years before root rot ruined it in 2002. Kurt Snibbe, The Mercury News, "How California avocados have a global influence," 8 June 2019 When setting up your very first indoor begonia, be sure to add a layer of pebbles to the bottom of a pot to guarantee good drainage and avoid root rot. Collier Sutter, House Beautiful, "The One Plant You Need In Your Home This Fall," 1 Oct. 2018 But one by one, suspects (verticillium wilt, bacteria, root rot, beetles, blight, leaf hoppers) were crossed off the list. Craig Sailor, The Seattle Times, "Some of Washington’s biggest trees are dying and scientists don’t know why," 10 Sep. 2018 Overwatering can lead to root rot and ultimately kill the plant. Stan Davidson,, "With patience, blueberries can be grown in containers," 10 July 2018 Pests & diseases: If planted in clayish soils may be prone to root rot. Earl Nickel,, "Let this ‘Purple Pixie’ bring a little color to the garden," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of root rot

1831, in the meaning defined above

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