Chlorine bleach and plants

Julius L Heinis jheinis at mailer.fsu.edu
Mon Feb 6 11:09:12 EST 1995


telem at delphi.com wrote:
: Hybridizing and raising tropical hibiscus is a hobby of mine.
: Occasionally a plant, whether in the ground or in a gallon
: pot, will almost spontaneously wilt as though it is in need
: of water, but water does no good and the plant dies.
: For whatever reason, a fairly strong chlorine bleach solution
: poured into the pot or around the base of the plant, if it's in
: the ground, will revive the plant in most instances. What's
: happening - is some sort of plant virus being killed by
: the bleach or are nematodes being discouraged or is
: chlorine bleach an elixir to some or most plants?

My guess is that you are dealing with the soil fungus Phytophthora.
Check it out! JULIUS

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Greetings from J.H., the learning machine!



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