There’s a fungus among us!
In truth, there are more fungal species and individual fungi than anyone could imagine. Fungi are the most common cause of plant disease and crop loss.
Did you know that fungi are more closely related to animals than plants?
Spores in spring
As the weather starts warming and rains fall in spring, fungal spores take to the skies with 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 drier summer weather to clear out fungal diseases - powdery mildew loves dry weather!
Common fungal diseases
Fungal plant diseases can be difficult to defeat once they take hold. 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. As quickly as fungi evolve, however, applying fungicide too frequently or incorrectly 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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