Carnation Fusarium Wilt Info: How To Control Fusarium Wilt Of Carnations

Carnation Fusarium Wilt Info: How To Control Fusarium Wilt Of Carnations

By: Amy Grant

Carnations have a rich and meaningful history,and are some of the oldest cultivated flowers. Despite their age oldcultivation, carnations are susceptible to a number of issues, like fusariumwilt disease. The following article contains carnation fusarium wilt infoon identifying fusarium of carnations and treating carnation fusarium wilt.

Symptoms of Carnations with Fusarium Wilt

Fusarium of carnations is caused by the pathogen Fusarium oxysporum. The initial symptomsof carnations with fusarium wilt are a slow wilting of shoots accompanied byleaf discoloration that gradually lighten the color from light green to paleyellow. The wilting and chlorosis is generally more evident on one side of the plantthan the other.

As the disease progresses, the stems split, displaying acharacteristic brown streaking or discoloration in the vascular tissue.Eventually, the root and stems rot and the plant dies.

As the disease advances, small spores (microconidia) areproduced and carried up through the plant into the vascular system. This, inturn, interferes with water and nutrient absorption. As the plant dies, thefungus bursts through the plant and forms structures called sporodochia, whichbecome airborne and infect soil and plants nearby.

Treating Carnation Fusarium Wilt

The development of fusarium wilt of carnations is fosteredby extended periods of high temps. It can be spread through infected wounds bysoil, water, wind and contaminated clothing, equipment, and tools. Propersanitation is the best control method.

Sterilize tools and soil, and use clean gloves when handling theplants. Remove any diseased plants immediately.

The use of potting soils that contain peat or coir fiberseem to increase the incidence of the disease, so avoid using them. Instead,use a soil that has been amended with compost or manure, which seems to retardthe development of carnation fusarium wilt disease. Ideally, select a soilless,sterile potting medium.

In the greenhouse, control of fungus gnats helps to prevent the spread ofthe disease. Also, in the greenhouse, be sure to properly sterilize pottingbenches.

If the disease has been a problem inthe past, solarizethe ground for 4-6 weeks during the hottest part of the summer. This willbe helpful in reducing not only the incidence of fusarium wilt of carnations,but also of other soil borne pathogens and weeds.

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How to Positively Identify

When cutting off diseased branches or stems, cut the stem at an angle. If the disease is present, there will be a dark layer in the vascular parts of the cross-section.

Fusarium or Verticillium infected tomato stem showing darkened vascular tissue in cross-section

7 best verticillium wilt resistant tomato varieties

When shopping for verticillium wilt resistant tomatoes, look for the "V" sign on the seed packet. Below you can find the list of 7 best hybrid determinate and indeterminate tomato varieties resistant to fusarium and verticillium wilts and nematodes. These links lead to, where you can buy tomato seeds or seedlings.

  • 20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399349&creativeASIN=B004UIJZRW">Beefmaster VFN - Determinate hybrid with large beefsteak meaty fruits, good for canning, drying and fresh
  • Celebrity VFNT - Determinate hybrid, medium fruit good for canning, drying and fresh
  • Pik Red VFN - Determinate hybrid variety with medium fruits, best fresh
  • Better Boy VFN - Indeterminate hybrid with large, smooth and firm fruits, juicy, eat fresh
  • Big Beef VFNT - Indeterminate hybrid, medium, round fruits, All-American Selections winner
  • Lemon Boy VFN - Indeterminate hybrid with medium yellow fruits, specific taste, eat fresh
  • Sweet Chelsea VFNT - Indeterminate cherry tomato hybrid with small fruits, best fresh

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