Ads 468x60px

May 18, 2013

How To Fight A Devastating Disease Garden

The rust is a fungal disease that occurs primarily in the leaves of different plants species ranging from garden to fruit trees, which readily detectable symptoms and can be prevented and combated with a variety of chemical and natural resources.

Generally, and especially in the garden plants, the rust is usually manifested through small bumps clustered reddish spores, orange or brown on the back (bottom) of the leaf, but also often appear on stems as blistering yellow orange or dark brown.

How To Fight A Devastating Disease Garden

Once this disease appears, and if you do not take measures to stop its effects, the plant loses foliage weakens and dies.

Hence the importance of conducting a regular monitoring of the plants that adorn your garden, so early detection of the presence of these fungi, as well as take some prophylactic measures to prevent its growth.

Since the cure of leaves affected by rust is very difficult, it is best to reduce the risk of infection by excess moisture, hence it is advisable to place the plants well apart to allow better ventilation and avoid irrigation systems by spraying or fogging, since they moisten the leaves too much, creating optimal conditions for the growth of fungi.

It is also desirable to have good drainage to avoid creating a damp, warm and stagnant which may favor the onset of rust.
How To Fight A Devastating Disease Garden

This sunflower evidences the ravages of rust. (Photo: Howard F. Schwartz / Colorado State University)

Natural chemicals to fight disease

In the field of chemical resources against rust can be used as preventive spraying with fungicides such as Triforine or oxycarboxin, which also have curative action (in early stages) and can be sprayed in small quantities and with less precision as the plant itself is responsible for absorbing and distributing sap.

For products with oxycarboxin has to be careful not to overdo your application because leftovers can fall into the ground and be absorbed by the roots, causing the appearance of chlorotic (yellow) in the leaves of some species of flowers.

To prevent rust you may also resort to application of copper sulphate, either mixed with ammonium hydroxide as Bordeaux mixture and ammonium carbonate as Compound Nuez.

For those who prefer more natural methods to combat this disease, there is the option of "organic fungicides," such as horsetail tea or chamomile.

Decoction horsetail (Equisetum Arvense) is prepared by macerating one kilogram of fresh plant in 10 liters of water, allowed to settle and then applied to the soil and plants. As chamomile, it is advisable to soak 250 grams of flowers in a quart of water, let stand and apply.

To prevent the spread of rust, it is also necessary to burn the leaves, stems and branches infected.