Caring For Sick Spider Plants: How To Treat Diseases Of Spider Plant
How to Save A Dying Spider Plant?
Spider plants are very easy to grow. They need little attention and they produce beautiful flowers. However, there are some things that you should take into consideration when caring for them. There are many different types of diseases that affect these plants, which can cause their death within a short period of time or even kill them completely if not treated properly.
There are two main types of disease that affect spider plants: spider plant fungal leaf rot (SPFR) and spider plant root rot (SRR). Both of these diseases have similar symptoms, but they’re caused by different fungi.
Some of the most common symptoms include wilting, browning, and necrosis. If left untreated, both of these diseases can lead to death.
The first thing you’ll want to do is identify what type of fungus is causing your spider plant’s problem. Here are some general guidelines:
If it looks like a powdery white substance, then it’s probably SPFR. This is a relatively new disease that was only discovered recently and it affects all kinds of plants, including those with no history of disease at all.
You may see signs such as wilting, browning, and eventually death. This is usually caused by too much watering and/or too much direct sunlight.
If it looks like brown or black spots on the underside of the plant’s leaves, then it’s most likely SRR. This is an old disease that can affect all kinds of plants.
It’s common for plants that grow in water frequently to develop this disease. You’ll probably see signs such as wilting, browning, and rotting. This is caused by too much water or too little fertilizer.
Once you’ve identified the type of fungus affecting your plant, you should quarantine it immediately so that it doesn’t spread to any of your other plants. There are two methods that you can use to do this:
You can separate the sick plant from the others by putting it in a small cup (or something similar) all by itself. The main advantage of this method is that it’s simple and easy.
The disadvantage is that the plant is still able to spread its disease to any other plants that come in contact with it, so you’ll have to make sure none of them get too close.
If you don’t want to bother dealing with the quarantine process, then you can also chop off an inch or so of the stem so that it’s no longer in contact with the soil or other plants. The plant will still die, but it will prevent the fungus from spreading.
You can also try dunking the entire pot in a bucket of water for a couple of minutes to effectively quarantining the plant without killing it.
After you’ve done one of the above procedures, watch the plant closely. If you’ve determined that it is indeed fungal leaf rot, then you can try treating it with a fungicide (seek professional guidance before using), however this usually doesn’t work and the plant will die.
When this happens, dispose of the plant in a place that no other plants can get infected.
If you’ve determined that it’s root rot, then you should try to determine why the plant is getting too much water. The most common causes of this are: standing water in the plant’s pot (if so, don’t water as often), poor drainage soil (if so, repot with new, well-draining soil), or too much watering (this tends to happen especially with younger owners).
After addressing the cause, monitor the plant for a while. If you’ve fixed the problem, the plant should start looking better.
As I said before, fungal leaf rot and root rot are the most common causes of health problems in house plants, however there are several others that are possible. If you’re not sure what the problem is, try searching online for pictures of similar plants with the same problems.
I hope this has helped you.
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