Podocarpus problem - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Betsy Evatt
San Diego, Ca
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Question by bcevatt
September 9, 2010
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Answer from NGA
September 9, 2010
It is really difficult to diagnose a plant problem without actually seeing it. There are two common problems with podocarpus: root root from excessive moisture and a disease caused by Phomopsis. With a fungal disease you will see tiny black spores on the foliage and/or stems of the plant. If you find this, cut out all the affected foliage and stems to stop the spread of the pathogens. With root rot, the cure is not so easy. If you see no fungal spores on the foliage and stems, unpot the affected podocarpus and check the root system. Healthy roots are creamy white inside; diseased roots will be black and mushy or brown or rusty colored inside. Prune away any dead or diseased roots and replant in fresh potting soil. Hope this helps your plant recover!

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