Cool and wet spring challenges vegetable transplant growers

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Damping-off is a disease of germinating seeds and seedlings caused primarily by Pythium, Phytophthora, Rhizoctonia and Alternaria fungi. It can spread within the days and an entire planting can be destroyed. Prevention is most important and includes the use of sterile potting mix, clean sterile pots, proper watering, ventilation, ensuring an optimal heat and light environment so seedlings germinate and grow quickly.
For fungicides registered for the control of damping off, please consult pest management information for vegetables at:
Leek transplants affected by damping off