How to Prevent Fungal Infection on Your Plants

Introducing plants to your homestead is one of the best ways of making it more livable and beautiful. However, most popular plants for beautifying homesteads like anthuriums and carnations are susceptible to fungal infection.

 If you are not careful, ugly brown and white spots will soon cover your plants. In severe cases, the infected plants will stop growing and eventually die. Here is how to prevent and treat fungal infections on your plants and keep them healthy and beautiful.

How to Prevent Fungal Infection

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Practise Good Watering Habits

Watering is an essential process in maintaining the health of your plants. However, you need to water them properly to keep them from fungal infections. For best watering practices:

  • Avoid watering the plants directly into the leaves. Instead, water the soil.
  • Water your plants early in the morning or late in the evening so that they can be able to absorb all of it before nightfall.
  • Do not overwater your plants. Overwatering plants is the leading cause of fungus gnats
  • Use clean water when watering your plants. Contaminated water can spread fungal spores to the plant and cause an infection.

Avoid Crowding Plants

When growing plants, avoid planting them too close to each other. Crowding makes it difficult for light and air to circulate in the plants. Poor air circulation can cause the foliage to remain humid for long hours, a perfect condition for a fungal infection to thrive.

Plant your plants in an area where they will get adequate sunlight. Sunlight helps to dry the leaves and discourages fungal growth. Transplant excess plants to other pots or other garden areas to provide good air circulation.

Conduct Regular Plant Inspection

Regularly inspect your plants, especially after rainy days. Look for signs of fungal infection, such as spots, smears, or discoloration. The moment you notice any of these signs, take immediate action to prevent the spread of the disease.

If there are a few leaves with the infection, remove them from the plant. Pruning diseased leaves can help to reduce the spread of disease. If a whole plant is infected, remove it from the rest of the plants and destroy it to prevent further spread.

Home Remedies for Fungal Infections on Plants

If all the preventive measures above will not stop fungal infection, here are some home remedies you can use to treat the infection.

Use Baking Soda

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Baking soda is an effective treatment for fungal infection in plants. Mix one tablespoon of baking soda and two tablespoons of vegetable oil in a cup of water. Spray the mixture on the infected leaves and stems of the plants. Keep doing this daily until the infection is gone.

Use Apple Cider Vinegar

Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a gallon of water. Use the mixture to spray your plants once every week. The acidity nature of apple cider vinegar will kill fungal spores on the leaves and stop the infection from spreading.

Use Hydrogen Peroxide

You can use hydrogen peroxide to treat fungal infections in plants. Mix one part of hydrogen peroxide with two parts of water and spray the mixture on the infected leaves and stems. Repeat the treatment daily until the infection is gone.

Use Neem Oil

You can use neem oil to fight fungal infections in plants. Mix two tablespoons of neem oil with one gallon of water. Spray the mixture on the infected leaves and stems of the plants.

Make a Milk Spray

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Did you know milk can treat fungal infections in plants? To make a milk spray solution, mix 25% milk with 75% water and spray on the infected plants once every week. The spray will help to boost the plants’ immune systems and prevent further infections.

If the home remedies above do not work for you, seek the advice of an expert. A qualified professional will help to identify the causes of fungal infection in your plants and prescribe the correct treatment.

Conclusion

Fungal infections in plants can be very destructive if not treated early. But with the tips above, you can prevent and treat fungal infections in your plants. Subscribe to our blog for more gardening tips!

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