Bleach Root With Rot in Hydroponics

Overview

The fungal disease root rot is a constant plague for hydroponic plants. This fungi will attack plants within the hydroponic system when introduced through contaminated water or unsanitized gardening tools. Gardeners can remove rotting plant debris and fungi from growing tanks by using a diluted bleach solution without causing permanent damage to the plants.

Root Rot

The phytophthora fungal spores spread quickly through water, affecting the root systems of hydroponic plants. The root rot darkens the stems and roots of the plant and interferes with the absorption of both water and nutrients. The disease is also known as the "plant killer" disease. As the plant's nutrients are blocked, both reproduction and growth become greatly inhibited. When left untreated, death is the natural outcome for the majority of plants.

Bleach

Bleach is a chemical solution containing hydrogen peroxide along with a series of other chemical ingredients. They have strong bactericidal properties and are commonly used for disinfecting areas of the home. Bleach quickly destroys microbial cells, irreversibly killing many pathogens in the given area.

Procedure

Remove infected plant parts from the environment. Wash hands with anti-bacterial soap to avoid introducing new spores to the hydroponic area and avoid wearing shoes that have been worn in the garden. Dilute 2 ounces of mild bleach with 5 gallons of boiled water and clean all surfaces of your hydroponic setup. Avoid leaving children or pets nearby while using the solution. Rinse all gardening tools with the solution after each use.

Prevention

Root rot is an expensive and time-consuming problem to solve, so it is best to spend time preventing it when possible. Avoid any activity that can raise the possibility of bringing spores into the environment, such as touching plants with unwashed hands. Root rot can spread despite treatment and destroy all plants in the hydroponic system.

Warnings

Bleach is a highly toxic chemical compound that should not contact the body at any times. Children and pets should never have direct access to bleach or any chemical solutions derived from bleach. Never pour bleach directly onto the ground or near any local waterways. When discarding infected plant parts, do not recycle the pieces. Root rot will spread quickly from rain or irrigation and can infect nearby plant environments quickly.

Keywords: root rot troubleshoot, hydroponic fungal infections, alternative gardening methods

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Jonathan Budzinski started his writing career in 2007. His work appears on websites such as eHow and WordGigs. Budzinski specializes in nonprofit topics, as he spent two years with Basic Rights Oregon and WomanSpace. He has received recognition as a Shining Star Talent Scholar in English while studying English at the University of Oregon.