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pallavi
May 22, 2020 8:52 PM CST
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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oneeyeluke
May 23, 2020 1:31 AM CST
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.
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pallavi
May 23, 2020 2:09 AM CST
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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BigBill
May 23, 2020 3:34 AM CST
The best thing that you can do is to buy another one in my opinion. And then, keep it away from your friend!
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australia
pallavi
May 23, 2020 3:39 AM CST
Hahaha. You think it's gone ? Am a bit hopeful as the stem is still green.
Name: Big Bill
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BigBill
May 23, 2020 3:51 AM CST
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.
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