After spending so much money getting your potted plants to look just right, it can be pretty annoying when they become infected with disease. Plants typically experience diseases such as wilt, rust, mildew, leaf spots, viruses, or nematodes. To keep from falling into a depression over your sick plants, you should take some measure to ensure the prevention of any of these diseases. Here are 10 important yet simple tips to help you prevent plants ridden with disease:
8 Tips for Keeping Your Plants Healthy
- Practice good sanitation: Always begin the planting process in a clean area that has no sign of previous plants – plant disease causing organisms and troublesome pests can survive in dead non-decomposed plant material. It’s okay to recycle plant materials, but they need to be completely decomposed before being used as compost. Never ever use diseased plants as compost – disease organisms can survive even if the plant is fully decomposed.
- Practice crop rotation: Crop rotation means that the same crop isn’t grown in the same area in consecutive seasons. This can help you avoid plant diseases and pests. However, the same crop can be planted at a different spot in the garden where a crop of another family had been planted earlier.
- Don’t plant crops too early: There is a right time for planting each type of crop. Planting a crop too early can slow down the growth of the plants, so be sure to read the information on the seed packets for your plants. A plant that grow slowly is more vulnerable to disease causing organisms and insect pests than a plant that grows normally.
- Mulching: Mulch is the protective layer of covering of leaves, grass clippings and other garden waste that’s placed around plants. Mulching prevents soil that can lead to disease from splashing onto plants. It also helps with the prevention of weed growth and also promotes healthy plants.
- Avoid overcrowding of the plants: Overcrowding of plants can cut off the availability of a plant’s essential nutrients, making them weaker and more prone to disease. Crowding restricts air circulation and allows plants to remain wet for long periods of time, which in turn promotes the growth of plant disease pathogens.
- Water the plants correctly: Plants should be watered in the morning so that the plants stay dry at night. If the plants are wet during the night they are more likely to develop diseases. Most vegetable plants have shallow root systems – too light irrigation can cause the topsoil to dry up quickly and stress the plants, which will limit their growth since plants can use only water-soluble nutrients.
- Remove diseased parts immediately: Once disease has infected a plant, the leaf or branch that has been affected should be removed and destroyed right away in order to keep it from spreading. Remove and destroy all leaves, flowers, branches or fruits the as soon as you become aware of the disease. This will prevent the spread of disease via wind and rain from the diseased ones.
- Fertilize properly: The fertilizer requirements of different plant s differ because they need varying amounts of nutrition for maximum yield and quality. Any excess or deficiency of nutrition causes them to stress, making them prone to disease.
To ensure that your plants are as healthy as possible, you should consider using a fungicide and insecticide, such as Pure 3-Way. Pure 3-Way uses natural ingredients, including lemon grass oil, to protect your plants against disease, mites, and other leaf-dwelling insects, and all while keeping the environment and your loved ones safe. Just spray your plants with Pure 3-Way and you can relax knowing that your plants are thriving!