root rot problem - Knowledgebase Question

Belleville, Il
Question by graphic_game
May 31, 2010
I have a self watering box I built using the plans here... I think I have rot rot though. I am growing american pitcher plants and I have long fibered sphagnum moss mixed in the top layers. Should I add holes lower to the bottom to allow less water? Also it has rained here alot lately.

Answer from NGA
May 31, 2010


Root rot is caused by overly wet conditions so you'll either need to elevate the roots of the plant, or drill additional holes in the bottom so less water can sit at the root level. I think it's an easy fix and you should see an improvement in your pitcher plants once you've made the changes.

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