Geranium: Botrytis leaf spot and blossom blight
Botrytis is a fungus which thrives under mild environmental conditions. Brown, water-soaked areas appear on leaves and petals. The spots soon dry out and become covered with gray-brown masses of fungal growth. Flowers wilt and drop. Brown leaf lesions often result after petals drop on leaves. Stock plants may show a stem blight.
Use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for successful plant problem management.
Select non-chemical management options as your first choice!
- An integrated strategy combining environmental management and cultural practices will best manage this disease.
- Remove and burn infected leaves.
- Increase spacing between plants.
- Water at base of plants and/or with drip irrigation, do not wet foliage.
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- Disease should be managed with cultural controls.