root rot

noun

Definition of root rot 

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

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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, Sun-Sentinel.com, "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, SFChronicle.com, "Let this ‘Purple Pixie’ bring a little color to the garden," 29 June 2018 This year was bad for the take all root rot (TARR) fungus. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Overgrown shrubs? Thinning turfgrass? Here are solutions to common gardening struggles," 13 June 2018 Don't skimp on this advice since kiwi vines are susceptible to root rot. Kym Pokorny, OregonLive.com, "Growing kiwi in Oregon requires care, attention," 2 May 2018 To avoid root rot, start seeds indoors in peat pots and wait until the soil is frostless before setting out the plants. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Growing Peas Has Never Been Easier Than This," 31 Mar. 2017 The caddy stays dry and the plant can be watered without worry of root rot. Clare Miers, star-telegram, "'Always a talking piece': Hardy succulents encourage container creativity | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 5 Apr. 2018

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1831, in the meaning defined above

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