Southern Blight

Fungal disease that spreads in hot, moist weather.

Physical Description

Southern blight can be seen as cottony white mold on the soil at the stem base of plants.

Species & Taxonomy

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Lifecycle

 

Plants Affected

  • ¬†Peppers

Plants Unaffected

 

Geographical Range

 

Signs & Symptoms

Whole Plant

  • White cottony mold on the soil, at the base of the plant, where the stem meets the soil

Leaves

  • leaves turn pale and fall off

Flowers

Fruit

Roots

How to Positively Identify

 

Treatment

  • Carefully uproot the infected plant, taking care to not jostle the mold, so it doesn’t spread the fungal spores
  • destroy or dispose of the infected plant tissue & soil

Prevention & Control

 

Cultural Controls:

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Sprays & Dusts

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