African Violet Pythium
Hello everyone. I'm a newcomer to the site. This is my 1st post.
I recently purchased an AV from the local grocery which seemed to be in good condition in the store. I got the plant home and since then, things have gone downhill. I tried different lighting situations, different watering routines careful not to touch the leaves, feeding, etc, but only out of desperation tonite have i hit the forums searching for what the problem could be. Up until tonite, I thought i was just dealing w/ a finicky plant. Little did I know i set the stage for it's demise. I kept the plant in its original container from the grocery as it was a nice little pot w/ drainage. I used AV food. i did not replant nor add any soils to the plant, it has remained as it was when purchased.
Symptoms: stems are weak and mushy, unable to hold the weight of the leaf. leaves turn grey and fall from lack of stem support. i cut off the bad stems. i cannot find any evidence of bugs on the plant or in the soil. i see no mildew or spotting. plant does have a few new growth areas, but has not flowered since i brought it home and i have more wilted stems than new growth.
Based on all the research i've done, i have Pythium growing wildly in my little AV, and w/o knowing it, i've managed to make my AV the party center for Pythium by watering patterns and fertilization.
My question: I have researched fungal removers such as Benomyl but have found most of these have been removed from the market. I have since purchased Actinovate Organic Fungicide for Lawn and Garden in an attempt to reverse the condition. It should arrive on Thursday. I have, however, been unable to find if AVs will tolerate the Actinovate. At this point, i'm also unsure if i should go ahead and treat all my other plants with Actinovate as a precautionary measure, especially now that I have a meyers lemon tree on it's way to be used as an indoor ornamental citrus tree as well as several other new plants recently added that are going thru the "shock" of transplant, etc.
I plan to do my best to keep this little plant alive as i feel up to the challenge and honestly, as stupid as this may sound, i feel responsible. I have isolated it from all my other plants and i hope that i have separated it quick enough to prevent it from spreading to other plants. I am concerned about this as it has been close to my other plants for over a month. i do have a dieffenbachia that is showing lots and lots of yellow leaves w/ sagging stems complete with hardened solid areas where the stem meets the leaf that cannot be removed, which is starting to concern me, but that'll be mentioned in another post at another time. Right now, my concerns are for the AV.
Experienced people, I want and need your help. I realize that I inadvertently brought the pythium into active growth by watering and fertilizing the plant, and even though i've read a lot of people suggesting to throw the plant away, it gives me a pain to consider doing that.
Please help me save this tiny little african violet. Any advice is appreciated. Home grown advice, organic, otc medications, etc...anything. i even considered spraying the roots w/ a fungicide for athletes foot or treating it w/ tea tree oil which helps w/ yeast infections.
if someone would explain or give me a link on how to post photos i will gladly do so.
Any help or advice is greatly appreciated and thank you in advance.