Fusarium Wilt

Fusarium wilt is a disease common to the southeastern United States.  It is caused by the fungus Fusarium oxysporum and affects numerous garden plants, including vegetables, small fruits, and flowers.  The most susceptible host species include: Tomatoes. Sweet potatoes. Cucumbers. Watermelons. The disease is spread through infected soil.  Once it is introduced, it is nearlyContinue reading “Fusarium Wilt”

Cucumber Mosaic Virus

Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) does not affect only cucumbers. It also targets: Squash. Melons. Peppers. Tomatoes. Beets. Spinach. Celery. Petunias. The disease is primarily spread by aphids, but it can also be spread by cucumber beetles and on gardening tools. The virus overwinters in perennial weeds. Symptoms Stunted, unusually bushy plants. Thin, rough, curled leavesContinue reading “Cucumber Mosaic Virus”

Brown Rot

Brown rot is a serious disease of fruits and almonds caused by fungi Monolinia fructicola and Monolinia laxa. The fruits most susceptible to the fungus are: Peaches. Nectarines. Plums. Apricots. Cherries. Almonds. However, apples and pears are infected with brown rot on occasion. The fungus grows and multiplies rapidly in wet weather, entering plants throughContinue reading “Brown Rot”