There’s a fungus among us!
Actually, there are millions of fungal species and more individual fungi than anyone could possibly imagine. Fungi are the most common cause of plant disease and a major player when it comes to the loss of fruit and other produce.
You may be surprised to learn that fungi are more closely related to animals than plants. How is this possible? Let’s find out!
Spores in spring
As weather starts warming and rains start to fall, a common weather pattern in California in March, fungal spores take to the skies on every breeze that passes. 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 very difficult to combat. Here is a list of common fungal diseases:
How to control fungal diseases
The most common response to fungal infestations is the use of fungicides. As quickly as fungi evolve, however, applying fungicide frequently creates resistant varieties that are even more difficult to control. Good cultural practices can help your garden plants protect themselves without the use of chemicals.
When it comes to fungal diseases, prevention is far more effective than trying to get rid of them.
I hope this information inspires you to grow more of your own food. You can ask your garden questions on my Home page.