Hi guys, I got two batches of wild swans from two different nurseries. One batch is thriving but all the plants from the other batch suddenly withered and died. I contacted the nursery that discovered and distributed wild swan. The answer is a kind of phytophtora fungus that the plant is very sensitive to. It causes severe root rot. Unfortunately a couple of nurseries had plants infected with that specific fungus so it spread through the wild swan population. That explains the many mysterious sudden deaths. A lot of nurseries now have 'clean' plants for distribution. When buying wild swans lift them out of the container and check the roots. If the roots are brown, don't buy. Healthy roots should be white. Above ground check for withered leaves, leaves with a red coloration or curled edges. That is usually a sign for this type of fungus infection. If you have a healthy plant that is in well-drained soil that never completely dries out, the plant should be fine and thrive.
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