root rot


Definition of 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 Too much water can cause root rot when the plant is not growing. Tom Maccubbin,, "Bromeliads aren’t picky about soil," 19 Dec. 2020 The planters are made from porous terracotta, which let air and water flow to ward off dreaded root rot. The Healthyish Team, Bon Appétit, "The Healthyish Gift Guide for People With Impeccable Taste," 17 Nov. 2020 Spray companies have special fungicides that control root rot and leaf-damaging fungal organisms. Tom Maccubbin,, "Seedling citrus trees take time to fruit," 14 Nov. 2020 Thyme, sage, catnip and lavender are prone to root rot in hot, rainy summer weather. Dan Gill | Contributing Writer,, "It's a great time to plant a kitchen garden of herbs that will complement your cooking," 4 Nov. 2020 Flooding can cause root rot which may remain undetected for years. Juhi Varma, Chron, "Beware of zombies lurking in your yard, says Houston tree expert," 28 Oct. 2020 Shrubs and other plants affected by wet soils or root rot may look wilted even though the soil is moist. Dan Gill,, "Dan Gill explains how to mimimize landscape damage from the recent New Orleans-area heavy rains," 23 Sep. 2020 With high temperatures and rain keeping the soil wet, however, root rot was fairly common and led to the loss of fruit trees, young shade trees and shrubs. Dan Gill,, "With some signs of cooler weather creeping in, it's time to start planning your fall garden," 16 Sep. 2020 Resist the temptation to douse the dirt even more if the foliage perks back up again in the evening or under cloud cover, as overwatering can contribute to root rot. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow a Pumpkin Plant in Your Garden This Fall," 11 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of root rot

1831, in the meaning defined above

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“Root rot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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