Chlorine bleach and plants

Jon Charles Gilliam gilliam at rudkin.fccc.edu
Mon Feb 6 14:23:58 EST 1995


In article <Bg45rKu.telem at delphi.com>, telem at delphi.com writes:
>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?
>

   This is probably what we run-of-the-mill gardeners would
call 'damping off,' and is due to a fungus.

   Try adding a little garlic to your seed starting medium, and
your watering can.  The garlic works as an anti-fungal, I think.

:jon

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  "It isn't true that there's a community of light, a bonfire of
   the world.  Everyone carries his own, his lonely own."



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