In order to successfully keep your plants from becoming diseased, you should know just what problems to look out for. Here is a list of the most common cultural disorders among plants. By avoiding these issues, your plants will be able to thrive and live much longer.
Common Cultural Disorders Among Plants
Cold injury: Freezing injury can cause death of your plants. Symptoms of cold stress are stunting, yellowing, bud or leaf drop, and stem cracking. Fruit may form a layer of corky tissue if affected when it is young.
Heat injury: Temperatures that are too high can cause fruits, leaves, or trunks to experience sunscald on the sunny side of the plant. Other symptoms of heat stress are discoloration, blistering, or a water-soaked and sunken appearance.
Moisture imbalance: Plants need a pretty consistent amount of water. If they don’t have enough, they will wilt, which, after a long period of time, can lead to stunting, pale color, and reduced flowering and fruit production. However, too much water in the soil damages roots and can cause wilting, pale color, root decay, leaf dropping, and lack of vigor.
Wind damage: High winds will cause silvery discoloration and tattered leaves on plants.
Salt damage: Ocean spray, road salt and animal urine, can hurt plants. Salts can accumulate on leaves, stems, and buds, or build to toxic levels around the roots, which will over time weaken the plant and causes drought-like symptoms.
These problems are pretty easy to avoid. What you should be more concerned with are encountering pesky insects and mold or mildew. If these begin to take over your plants, the use of natural pesticides or fungicides, like Pure 3-Way, can effectively get your plants back on their way to a healthy life.