Bud Blight

Last updated: June 15, 2021

What Does Bud Blight Mean?

Bud blight is a withering condition caused by various types of plant pathogens that attacks a plant’s flower buds. This particular condition is often devastating for various types of plants, including cannabis, soybeans, and tomatoes.

Bud blight is considered a symptom that can be caused by various pathogens, although it is offered referred to as a disease.


Maximum Yield Explains Bud Blight

There are many types of blight that affect plants, including late blight and early blight. According to botanists, bud blight can be caused by TRSV (tobacco ringspot virus), although other issues can cause bud blight in various types of plants.

Unlike powdery mildew, which is caused by a fungal pathogen, bud blight can be caused by bacteria, fungus and fungal pathogens, mildew, extreme humidity, and/or overcrowding. Even plants weakened by a pest infestation can begin to develop bud blight. In soybeans, this disease can actually reduce crop production by 25-100%, depending on the severity of the infection.

In young plants, this disease can be characterized by stunted growth. Adult plants may start to bend over and wither while buds can fall off or turn brown. Leaflets tend to be on the smaller side and cupping may cause them to deform. As far as the pods of the plant are concerned, they tend to abort, develop poorly, or have brown patches. Bud blight has also been known to create delayed maturity in some plants.

To manage this disease, it is important to avoid planting other plants next to the affected crops, for starters, as well as prevent the outbreak from occurring in the first place by sanitizing equipment and keeping a tidy growroom that has air-quality controls in place. Ventilation in the growroom is key for avoiding outbreaks of bud blight. Humidity levels must also be maintained and plants should be evenly spaced so they have room to breath at all times and are not overcrowded.

A popular method of treating blight is to apply a beneficial strain of bacteria on your plants to counter the mold. There are many types of bacteria that can enrich plant health and prevent the spread of plant diseases. For example, bacillus subtilis is a naturally occurring bacterium in soil that fights blight and other fungi. It is popular among organic cannabis cultivators.



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