There’s a fungus among us!
There are millions of fungal species and more individual fungi than anyone could imagine. Fungi are the most common cause of plant disease and are responsible for significant crop losses.
Did you know that fungi are more closely related to animals than plants? How is this possible? Let’s find out!
Spores in spring
As the weather starts warming and rains fall, fungal spores take to the skies on every breeze. A single citrus mummy can hold billions of fungal spores that can infect nearby fruit, trees, and other plants. If you see a mummy in the garden, get rid of it. Also, don’t count on the drier weather of June and July to clear out fungal diseases - powdery mildew LOVES dry weather!
Common fungal diseases
Fungal plant diseases can be hard to get rid of. Common fungal infections include blights, blotches, molds, mildews, rots, rusts, scabs, scurfs, and spots. You can find a more detailed list below.
How to control fungal diseases
The most common response to fungal infestations is the use of fungicides. But fungi evolve quickly, so applying fungicides often creates resistant varieties that are even more difficult to control. These good cultural practices can help your garden plants protect themselves without chemicals:
When it comes to fungal diseases, prevention is far more effective than trying to get rid of them.
Detailed list of fungal diseases:
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