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Nov 15, 2014 12:00 AM CST
|I had just brought all my plants in for the winter and everything looked great. After 2 days in the house, I noticed my Jatropha berlandieri had lost it's vine. No biggy I thought. 2 days later I noticed odd raised patches on the caudex. Uh-oh, that didn't look good. And it was soft.
The first thing I noticed after removing the plant from the pot was the lack of healthy roots.
I placed pot and plant on the back porch, I new it was a goner.
2 more days brings us to today. I decided to halve it and see what was happening.
Then I quartered it to inspect it further and found some different damage.
Only the area closest to the roots had any firmness to it.
Is this bacteria or fungus or both?
I figure this damage had to have started before I ever brought it into the house. Can a firm body plant go soft so quick?
I had the plant for over 10 years and the only thing different about this past growing season was that I had it in a shadier spot than I normally placed it.
Any ideas of what happened here?
Nov 16, 2014 7:52 AM CST
|The shadier spot may have done it. It can just make the difference between drying up quickly after watering and sitting around damp just a bit longer. I have lost a couple of old caudiciforms that way.|
Nov 16, 2014 10:15 AM CST
|Ursula, thank you for your answer. l thought the shaded spot could have done this. Oh, I could just kick myself Well, I sure hope I have learned this lesson.
It is sad to loose a plant. I'm sad that you have lost plants also. Especially plants that you have grown for so long.
I really like and enjoy ATP. You can learn more about plants than anywhere else in a short time.
If I could just ask questions before the worst happens
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