How To Save My Watermelon Peperomia Root Rot?

Written by Ivy

Jan 04 2022

How To Save My Watermelon Peperomia Root Rot?
The root rot of Watermelon Peperomia is closely related to temperature, watering times, diseases and pests and other factors. After we found the rotten roots of Watermelon Peperomia, we need to take out the plants to check the degree of rotten roots. If we can save them, we can use a clean and sharp pruning knife to cut them at the junction of rotten roots and healthy roots. If the rotten root is serious, throw it away directly. Watermelon Peperomia needs little water and fertilizer, and the problem of ponding and fertilizer damage is easy to lead to plant rotten roots.

Causes of Watermelon Peperomia Root Rot

  • Low Water Temperature
When we water Watermelon Peperomia in winter, we need to control the watering amount and water temperature. If the water temperature is lower than room temperature, Watermelon Peperomia will be frozen and cause root rot. generally, it is better to water or spray plants with mild calcium free soft water.
  • Excessive Watering
The most common cause of Watermelon Peperomia root rot is watering too much. If the rot is not too serious, you can put it in a place with sufficient indirect light. Pay attention not to change pots for watering at this time, and then manage it normally when the rot becomes dry and healed; If the rot is serious, we can cut off the top of Watermelon Peperomia with two or three leaves, or a leaf with a stem of about 0.5cm, insert it in loose soil and wet it. It is easy to grow roots in the shade.
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  • Phytophthora Infestation
Phytophthora infestation is another reason for the root rot of Watermelon Peperomia. In this case, it should be carefully maintained, pay attention not to be too wet, do everything possible to reduce the humidity, and do not splash the soil on the stem base of the plant when watering; Timely drain water after rain to prevent moisture retention; In the early stage of the disease, spray 600 times of 27% copper noble suspension or 1000 times of 53.8% can kill 2000 dry suspension, 500 times of 70% ethylphosphine manganese zinc wettable powder, 1000 times of 69% Anke manganese zinc wettable powder.
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How To Save My Watermelon Peperomia Root Rot

How To Save Watermelon Peperomia Root Rot?

  • Cut Off Rotten Roots
When we find the rotten root of Watermelon Peperomia, we should take it out of the basin soil and check the degree of rotten root. Select a clean and sharp pruning knife, cut it towards the intersection of the rotten roots of Watermelon Peperomia and the healthy parts, clean and disinfect the incision, air dry, and transplant it into the basin again.
  • Reduce Moisture
Watermelon Peperomia is drought resistant to a certain extent. It does not have high requirements for moisture and humidity, nor does it have strict requirements for air humidity. If the amount and frequency of watering and irrigation are too large, Watermelon Peperomia may not be able to bear and absorb such humidity, resulting in water damage. After the rhizome is soaked, it will also lead to rotten roots of Watermelon Peperomia. Therefore, at this time, we should reduce the frequency of watering and pay attention not to use tap water to irrigate Watermelon Peperomia
  • Effect of Fertilizer Damage
In addition to water damage and root rot, fertilizer damage can also easily lead to root rot. During the peak growth period, it is enough to apply rotten organic thin fertilizer once a month. If the fertilizer is applied too thick, too raw and too much, the rhizome is easy to be burned, and it is also easy to breed bacteria and insects, resulting in rotten roots of Watermelon Peperomia.
If the rotten roots of Watermelon Peperomia are found late, or even rotten and smelly after rotten roots, such Watermelon Peperomia is unlikely to be saved again. We can directly take out Watermelon Peperomia and throw it away. The used soil can only be reused after disinfection and sterilization.