Potato Leafhopper

Potato Leafhopper Description: These small, light green, triangle-shaped insects feed on potatoes, eggplant, vine crops, beans, rhubarb and peanuts. Hopper-burn by potato leafhopper causes 80% of insect damage on potatoes in the eastern U.S. Yield reduction can be drastic; eventually the plant dies. Solution: Super-Light Insect Barriers provide a good shield. Thorough spraying underneath leaves with Rotenone/Copper Combo or PyolaTM […]

Powdery Mildew (Roses)

Powdery Mildew (Roses) Description: Powdery mildew and black spot are the “one-two punch” on roses. Powdery mildew is a problem in all parts of the U.S. Powdery mildew usually first appears on new growth, in periods of warm, dry days followed by cool, damp nights. The new leaves may become curled or twisted, and the shoots will look badly deformed. […]

Pythium Root Rot (Damping-Off) (Beans)

Pythium Root Rot (Damping-Off) (Beans) Description: Yellowing, stunted growth, sudden seedling wilting (damping-off) and death. Can also kill seedlings before emergence. Pythium spores occur in the soil almost everywhere beans are grown. Solution: Sprinkle SoilGardTM Microbial Fungicide over seed at time of sowing, before covering seed with soil.    

Pythium Root Rot (Damping-Off, Seed Rot) (Peas)

Pythium Root Rot (Damping-Off, Seed Rot) (Peas) Description: A watery rot is characteristic. Plants are often stunted and light green because of the lack of root development. Solution: Plant as early in the season as possible. Peas are a cool-season crop, while pythium disease is most severe at temperatures from 64°-75°F, which is higher than preferred for pea germination. Sprinkle […]

Iris Borer

Iris Borer Description: Eggs overwinter in stems of iris and other debris. After eggs hatch they must crawl to the base of the iris to bore into stems. During this migration they are susceptible to Grub-Away Nematodes. Infested leaves are yellow from the tip back, have notches on the edge; plants lose vigor; many fail to bloom. Solution: Grub-Away Nematodes […]

Pythium Rot (Damping-Off, Stem Rot) on Tomatoes

Pythium Rot (Damping-Off, Stem Rot) on Tomatoes Description: Damping-off occurs at or before germination, causing rapid decline and death of seeds or young seedlings. On older plants, disease causes severe wilting and black stem, beginning at ground level, resulting in severe stunting or death of plants. Solution: Maintain soil pH at 6.5 to 7.0. Test soil pH; if it is […]

Japanese Beetle – How to control or kill

Japanese Beetle Description: Metallic green/copper adult grows to 1/2″ long. Larvae or grubs are grayish-white with brown head; fat body is 3/4″ long. Adults especially like beans and corn but will eat almost any plant, often skeletonizing the leaves. Larvae chew on roots of lawn grass, bean, beet, sweet corn, onion and tomato; except during cultivation, they are seldom noticed, […]

Pythium Wilt (Lettuce)

Pythium Wilt (Lettuce) Description: Dark yellow-brown roots, stunting, yellow of outer leaves. Root system decline. Solution: Provide good drainage; raised beds are ideal. Sprinkle SoilGard over seed at time of sowing, before covering seed with soil. When starting seed indoors, mix SoilGard with potting soil before seed is sown.    

Late Blight (Tomatoes)

Late Blight (Tomatoes) Description: Late blight can be devastating to fruits, stems and leaves when weather conditions are favorable (long periods of muggy weather with cool nights and moderately warm days). Affected plants look as if they were killed by frost. Both green and ripe fruits become corky brown on their surfaces and develop a texture resembling that of an […]

Rhizoctonia Root Rot (on Beans)

Rhizoctonia Root Rot (on Beans) Description: Primarily attacks seedlings and young plants. Reddish-brown spots appear on lower stems. Most infected plants die as seedlings. Solution: Shallow seeding depth and planting in thoroughly warm soil helps. Sprinkle SoilGardTM Microbial Fungicide over bean seed at time of sowing, before covering seed with soil.