Plant Disease

Definition - What does Plant Disease mean?

Plant diseases can affect plants of all ages and in various seasons. Most diseases are named by the symptoms they display in the plant.

With all diseases, it is important to quickly identify and treat the ailment to prevent growth spurts and potential plant death. Very often, pruning, weeding, or a medical dust or spray can treat the majority of botanic ailments.

MaximumYield explains Plant Disease

Blight is one of the most common plant diseases, affecting both home gardens and larger agricultural crops. This disease of bacterial origin more commonly affects small fruits, roses, fruit trees, pears, and apples. The infected plants may display blackened and wilted shoots.

Horticulturalists often have to deal with cankers. This fungal plant disease affects woody stems and attacks stone fruits, spruces, and poplars. To control this disease, horticulturalists should cut off the affected branches to keep the canker contained and protect the rest of the plant.

Another common plant disease is mold. Displayed as a woolly or powdery appearance, this illness is also known as botrytis or gray mold. It can affect just about any flower or fruit and tends to spread in humid climates and moist conditions. Flowers that are most affected by mold include, but are not limited to, lilies, tulips, and peonies. To treat mold, it is crucial to prune the plants and destroy any infected parts. Proper spacing is also encouraged to enhance ventilation and prevent fresh mold from growing.

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