Definition - What does Cladosporium mean?

Also known as leaf mold, Cladosporium refers to a powdery fungus that generally attack younger leaves. This plant disease grows and germinates at a quick pace and can rapidly attack other parts of the plant, as well as neighboring plants. While Cladosporium is very common in both outdoor and indoor plants, tomatoes are particularly susceptible to this fungus.

MaximumYield explains Cladosporium

Cladosporium has been known to thrive in humid and warmer areas. Older or weaker plants that are prone to infections are also easy targets. It should be noted that in most cases, Cladosporium does not kill the plant. Rather, this fungus can severely limit the plant’s vegetative output while weakening it. In younger plants, it can also cause serious developmental and growth spurts.

Baking soda has been known to be an effective remedy against Cladosporium, especially when used on climbing roses. According to some studies, it is best to mix baking soda with soap and oil to help the mixture adhere to the plant. Alternatively, a garlic spray can be used on the leaves.

Cladosporium normally characterizes itself by small pale green, yellow, gray or white patches that appear on the leaf surface. The underside of the leaf can also display a fuzzy texture.

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