Wax Leaf problem - Knowledgebase Question

Allen, Te
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Question by accessentrys
September 6, 2010
My wax leaf ligustrums in pots on my patio started showing wilting signs and then leaves would look like they had no water at all. The soil is not too dry or too wet. No signs of any pests. The whole plant died and the other is on the way. I don't see scale.No spider mites, no grubs. Any ideas?

Answer from NGA
September 6, 2010
Most wax leaf ligustrums are pest- and disease-free so I'm leaning toward a root rot problem with your plants - especially since you cannot detect any insect presence. When soils remain too wet they can drive out all the oxygen and effectively suffocate the roots. Affected roots can be mushy or off colored. Healthy roots will be creamy white inside; dead or diseased roots will be brown or rusty. Try carefully inspecting the roots of your plants - you may find a collapsed vascular system caused by root rot.

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