Michael Livingston (
Thu, 2 Mar 95 18:37:02 PST

>> I ended up removing the hurting plant from it's soil and voila,
>> are right, the roots have rotted. What I don't know is how to
>> the plant now. It has one rather sad looking root and two
>> growths (growing down into the soil) that look healthy. Can
>I've had something similar happen with a large D. capillaris
>Cut back the unhealthy root, leaving as much healthy tissue as
>possible, and repot it. You might want to brush the cut part with
>fungicide to prevent any further attacks. Keep the pot in
>water--remember, these plants like to be kept moist, but keep less
>water in the dish. That may help to minimize rot.
After watching my D. spathulata suffer for a few days I decided to
see if it was generating any new roots and if anything it looked
worse. Then I noticed a small bug or larva or something crawling
around on the dirt by the base of the plant. I cleaned all of the
dirt and hopefully all the bugs off and repotted in new soil. My
question is again how to save the plant, and also how to keep my
other CPs from the same fate. I do have black gnat like things in
my office (that is why I got the plants to begin with) so I guess
it is their larva. I do have the plants in a small terrarium now
that will keep the bugs out (and humidity in).

Any suggestions?

Michael Livingston
NetCraft Software Development, Inc.