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May 22, 2020 8:52 PM CST
australia
Hi all,
I left my croton with a friend and I think she might have overwatered. The plant wilted and lost all leaves. I checked the roots and they look brown and mushy. Is it a root rot ? The stem is still green when I scratch the surface. Can it be saved ? I repotted in fresh soil and not gonna water much. But spring is 4 months away where I live ( Australia)

Thanks all for the help 👍
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May 23, 2020 1:31 AM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
Texas (Zone 8a)
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Scratch the stem with your thumb nail and see if you get green? If you only get brown under the bark then it's a goner.
NOT A EXPERT! Just a grow worm! I never met a plant I didn’t love.✌
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May 23, 2020 2:09 AM CST
australia
It's still green. If the root is gone, the stem would be brown too, correct ? So may be I can save it. What should I do now to ensure it grows back ? Thanks
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May 23, 2020 3:34 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
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The best thing that you can do is to buy another one in my opinion. And then, keep it away from your friend!
Taught classes on Orchids and Orchid growing and led hundreds of bird walks. Retired Wildlife Biologist.
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May 23, 2020 3:39 AM CST
australia
Hahaha. You think it's gone ? Am a bit hopeful as the stem is still green.
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May 23, 2020 3:51 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
GROW ORCHIDS!!!
Bee Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Orchids Region: Michigan Hostas Growing under artificial light
Echinacea Critters Allowed Cat Lover Butterflies Birds Region: United States of America
For me, with a plant in that much trouble, I would throw it away. The time, effort and worry you would invest in bringing it back just isn't worth it! It is a croton.
They are easy to come by, they are not rare, I would just start over. Kind of like a lesson learned so move on.
Taught classes on Orchids and Orchid growing and led hundreds of bird walks. Retired Wildlife Biologist.
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