Fungicide sprays help prevent the spread of disease, protecting the new growth by killing
the fruiting bodies present at the time of spray. They are an effective and essential part of a disease management program.
Insect sprays are essential to monitor and keep insects to manageable levels. Insects can spread disease and further stress
an already weakened plant.
- Maintenance Pruning
Remove diseased parts and
any affected tissues, such as branches, twigs, leaves, old blossoms and mummified fruit as soon as the damage is noticed to
Thin out excessive growth to provide air flow through the canopy. This allows for faster drying of
the leaf surface after rain.
Rake up fallen leaves
debris from yard. Do not compost diseased debris.
- Plant Variety
When considering a plant purchase, be aware of the variety. Certain varieties
are more insect and disease resistant than others.
- Plant Environment
changing the environment of an affected plant. Moving a diseased plant to a better location can save the plant. Remove competing
vegetation to increase air flow and sunlight to an affected plant.
- Plant Health
Keep the plant healthy before and especially after a plant in affected by a disease. Maintain proper moisture levels. Fertilize
on a regular basis with a low or slow release nitrogen fertilizer. Mulch to retain moisture, build soils and protect any beneficial
insects applied to the area.