Damping Off Disease - Houseplants Disease and Control

Houseplant Disease, Damping off disease

Damping Off Disease

Damping Off Disease is a fungal disease which attacks the root and stem bases of seedlings. It causes shrinkage and rot at the ground level resulting in the seedlings toppling over. The disease is prevalent in damp, warm and poorly ventilated conditions. It spreads very fast and may cause the loss of all your seedlings if immediate control measures are not taken.

Control:
  • The best way to deal with Damping Off is avoid it by use of sterilized soil and containers, avoid overwatering and sow thinly to avoid overcrowding of seedlings.
  • On noticing the first collapsed seedling, improve ventilation, reduce watering and move the seedlings to a cooler spot.

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