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dying strelitia - HELP needed!

Steve Hinkson sphinkson at worldnet.att.net
Sun Jul 25 03:37:46 EST 1999

Remove it from the pot.
Wash off the soil.
Remove roots that are not white. (particularly the big fat ones)
Dust your cuts with powdered charcoal.
Leave the plant out until all the cuts heal, and remove any opened
leaves (you leave the rolled ones there)
Once the rot has been eradicated, and the surgery has healed, the plant
should recover quickly.  This plant is a root-succulent, and will take
the dryness well.

Tanja & Axel (Kohnke-) Wensing wrote:

>  After some weeks of absence - in which my neighbor cared for my
> plants - I found my strelitia suffering from illness. The symtoms are:
>      - the outer leaves turn their edges inward (roll together) and
>      become brown
>      - when cutting of a stalk, its inner part - which normally holds
>      the bloomstalks - is brown, too (could be normal...)
>      - the tips of the leaves become brown
> I fear that it got too much water as I found the dirt extremely wet
> and when removing it from its pot there was water standing four iches
> high. Also, the smell was quite awful!
> So: is my strelitia rotting? If so, is it possible to stop this
> process? Or could there be another reason for its looking bad??? I
> love that plant very much, so any help would be really appreciated!
> A desperate Axel

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