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How to Prevent and Fix Root Rot
How to fix root rot indoor plants

Have you ever dealt with an ugly case of root rot?

Root rot is a common issue with potted plants, and one that’s fairly easy to avoid by simply following a few basic rules of watering and drainage. And if it’s too late? Fret not! There may still be time to save your plant. Below are tips on how to prevent root rot in the first place, and how to fix root rot once it’s too late.

What is root rot?

Root rot is exactly what it sounds like — the rotting of a plant’s roots — and is the consequence of too much watering and/or not enough drainage. Though it can occur in outdoor plants, it is much more common with indoor greenery and can lead to the quick demise of your plant.

How can I prevent root rot?

Preventing root rot is simple. It’s all about watering and drainage. Follow these simple rules and you will never see root rot in your plants.

  • Give your plant proper drainage - Make sure your plant is potted in something with drainage hole(s), either a plastic nursery pot or a decorative pot that has a drainage hole. If your decorative pot does not have a drainage hole, simply leave the plant in its plastic pot and place it inside the decorative pot.

  • Keep a regular watering schedule - Most plants appreciate regular watering schedules. Sporadic watering is a quick way to hurt your plant as it often means the plant does not have time to dry out at all between waterings (thus leading to root rot)

  • Check the soil - If you don’t do this already, always check the soil of your plant before watering. Most plants like to dry out a bit, so depending on the plant you have, you may want to hold off on watering until the top two inches of the soil is dry.

  • Aerate the soil - Aerating the soil helps loosen it up, allowing for a more even distribution of water and better flow of oxygen, preventing moisture build up in the roots of your plant.

A sure sign of root rot, particularly in the popular Fiddle Leaf Fig plant, is browning on the edges of the leaves. Read more on how to fix root rot on Fiddle Leaf Figs  here .

A sure sign of root rot, particularly in the popular Fiddle Leaf Fig plant, is browning on the edges of the leaves. Read more on how to fix root rot on Fiddle Leaf Figs here.

Help! How do I fix root rot?

If your plant has root rot and you catch it early on, you may be able to save it by acting fast. Follow these steps to fix root rot in most common houseplants.

  • Diagnose the issue - If your plant has been dropping leaves, yellowing, or getting soft, mushy leaves, you may have root rot. Remove the plant from its pot and inspect the roots. If they are soft, wet, brown, and/or mushy, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and treat the roots.

  • Clean the roots - Once your plant is out of its pot, carefully remove as much soil as possible and cut the affected roots off with clean shears or scissors. Under running water, gently wash the remaining roots clean of any soil.

  • Repot - In a pot with proper drainage, repot your plant using fresh soil (and if you’re using the same pot, make sure to clean it thoroughly first!). If it was a serious case and you removed many roots, you may also prune the top of the plant a bit so the plant has less leaves to send its energy to.

  • Place in a bright spot - Water only when the top of the soil is dry. After a few weeks, your plant should take root and return to the healthy specimen it once was!

Good luck, don’t panic, and remember — the more in touch you are with your plants, the more likely they are to thrive. Water them regularly, watch for issues, and enjoy the many benefits they bring to your physical and mental health!

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Plant Care Tip #25: Before you go...
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The latest in plant care tips for keeping your foliage happy and healthy, brought to you by premium plant delivery service Léon & George.

Long weekend PSA: stop overwatering your plants!! Did you know that most beloved houseplants die due to an improper balance of watering in relation to how much light they receive? If you're going out of town this weekend, don't overcompensate by giving your plants extra water!


  • If you're noticing browning or yellowing edges, the damage is unfortunately irreversible, but you can stop it from getting worse.

  • Let your plant's soil dry out for a few extra days to weeks.

  • If you forgot to water your plants and you've already left for the weekend, they might be thanking you right now.

  • When you come back, pop them in the shower and give them a nice thorough watering - but feel deep into the soil first to make sure it's dry!

Safe travels and staycations to all our fellow plant lovers!

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Plant Care Tip #22: Root Safety & Overwatering

The latest in plant care tips for keeping your foliage happy and healthy, brought to you by premium plant delivery service Léon & George.

Here's the truth - most houseplants die from being overwatered. While finding the right light + water + temperature balance for each plant takes patience, there are a few things you can do as precaution.

  • Protect the roots from sitting in stagnant water.

  • Ensure your pot has proper drainage for water to run through & the soil to dry.

  • Balance style & function by elevating your plants with 1" of styrofoam within the decorative pot (included with all L&G plants!)

  • Allow your plant's soil to dry between waterings - feel 2 inches deep into the soil with your fingers, or use a wooden bamboo stick to test moisture levels at the bottom of the pot.

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