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Mummies in the garden?!!?
If you have fruit or nut trees, you may have noticed brown, shriveled-up fruits hanging from branches or splattered onto the ground. Other parts of a plant can also experience mummification, but fruits are the most obvious.
These fruits are called mummies, and you do not want them around. Fruit mummies are rotted fruits that have turned dark, wrinkled, and hard. The rotting is due to fungal diseases such as brown rot and anthracnose.
Mummies are what happens when fungal structures replace healthy plant tissues. Fruit mummies are breeding grounds for hundreds of millions of fungal spores that can wreak havoc on your current or next summer’s harvest.
Mummies can occur in any fruit-producing tree, shrub, or vine.
Reduce the chance of spreading the responsible pathogen by bagging the mummy in plastic before removing it from the tree and throwing it in the trash.
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