Combating plant disease
Apart from pest problems, another problem that arises at times is having to deal with plants that have become diseased. To the inexperienced, this can become confusing and frustrating.
In order for plant diseases to arise, there must be:
1. A susceptible host meaning there must first be a host plant present.
2. Next, there must be a pathogen. Pathogens are disease carrying organisms such as bacteria and viruses.
3. Then there must be a favorable condition. A favorable condition may consist of heat and moisture. When you put these four ingredients together that spells trouble or plant disease. Therefore it is very crucial and important to take quick action to eliminate this problem.
I just want to make a note here in dealing with plant disease, i.e. never use any tools that you are servicing a diseased plant with on other plants unless that tool has been sterilized or you stand the chance of spreading disease to other healthy plants.
Plant disease identification
If your plants are showing signs of rotted tissue, moldy coating, scabs, blotches, wilting, rust and in some cases giving off a foul odor, then these are signs of a plant disease.
Plant disease control
There are many brands of chemicals that are on the market that you can use in your defense against plant disease. These chemicals are known as fungicide and bactericide to learn more about plant disease click on this link disease control.
To minimize plant disease we should observe the following.
1. Growing disease resistant varieties and making sure that our plant requirements are being met such as proper watering methods, right location, and proper pruning practices.
2. Making sure that there is proper air flow or circulation. Spacing plants apart where they are not rubbing or touching each other.
3. Making sure that the areas are clean of debris and weeds.
4. Watering plants in the morning so that they have time to dry out before evening sets in.
5. Making sure to fix any leaking faucets or broken irrigation lines that may allow water to settle around plants.
By taking these measures you will be helping your plants to be healthy and happy.