“Wet feet” is the common term for a condition that affects plant species intolerant of wet growing conditions. This problem occurs when soils become saturated with water for prolonged periods, injuring roots. Once root damage occurs, plants decline and may eventually die. Wet soils also provide ideal conditions for many root and collar rot pathogens.
This publication addresses ways to identify wet feet, possible causes, and management strategies. Also included are tables listing common woody plants that are tolerant and those that are intolerant of wet feet conditions.
“Wet Feet” of Ornamentals (PPFS-OR-W-04) is available online.
For additional publications on plant diseases, visit the UK Plant Pathology Extension Publications webpage.
By Cheryl Kaiser, Plant Pathology Extension Support, and Paul Vincelli, Plant Pathology Extension Specialist