possible root rot - help!

daogirlMarch 16, 2013

Soooo ... one of my DSPs had a rotten branch (still recovering from our really cold temps), and I dug down to try and get to the bottom of it. Well, it was rotten all the way down to the root ball. I took a sterile pin and checked the other branches (dipping in alcohol between pokes), and the other two branches have white sap until the soil line, then under the soil line, nothing. Does this mean the entire bottom part of the plumeria is rotten? Or is it normal for the trunk under the soil line to be different. I'm torn between leaving the plant alone and seeing what happens (if it dies, I'll replace it), or whether I should take cuttings from the branches that I know for sure are healthy.

Here's the bottom of the rotten branch. If you look on the upper right, that's where it was joined to the rest of the plant.

Here's a shot of the bottom of the plant. The yellow-y bark is where the plant was below the soil line. You can see big roots toward the bottom, and the hole in the bottom right is where the branch came from (somewhere down there).

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tdogdad(Zone 9)

the rest of the plant appears to be ok, but watch the lower parts of the stems for softness. If they stay hard you should be fine.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 9:04PM
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Thanks, Bill. I'll leave well-enough alone for now and hope for the best!

    Bookmark   March 19, 2013 at 2:19AM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

What is DSP?

    Bookmark   June 26, 2013 at 6:34PM
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krismast(6 S.E. PA)

DSP stands for Dwarf Singapore Pink. Oh dear! I'm starting to recognize all the the abbreviations! I must be really getting addicted. Lol


    Bookmark   June 26, 2013 at 7:16PM
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DSP is just way quicker to type! :) It's too bad this board doesn't allow for "sticky" posts - we could make one with all the abbreviations and jargon/shorthand that everyone uses.

Since this thread got bumped up, I might as well follow up. I ended up losing both large in-ground DSPs (boo!!). I was able to salvage 4 small cuttings which are in the process of rooting (I hope). No more Singapores in the ground for me, though. I'll post pix of the new plumeria flowerbed layout in another post!

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 2:32AM
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