Preventing Plant Diseases

Even though healthy plants resist problems better than weak ones grown in poor conditions, they're not immune to diseases. Here's a quick guide to the symptoms, and the best solutions.

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It's usually impossible to spot the offending fungi (though some are just visible), viruses and bacteria, but their symptoms are invariably obvious. In all cases, take prompt action, such as spraying, and cutting away and destroying the affected growth, and the problem should be relatively easy to minimize and control.

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