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Garlic > Clove/bulb > Fuzzy growth on cloves/bulb

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  • Image: Penicillium Decay

Penicillium decay
Penicillium hirsutum

  • Cloves have a blue-green fuzzy fungal growth
  • Young plants are stunted, yellow, and wilted
  • Infected cloves rot before emergence, resulting in poor stand establishment
  • Plants remain weak and thin throughout season
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  • Image: White Rot

White rot
Sclerotium cepivorum

  • Bulb has white, fluffy fungal growth
  • In severely infected plants, leaves may be stunted, yellow from the tip down, and die
  • Small, hard, black poppy seed like fungal structures form on infected bulbs
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  • Image: Fusarium Basal Rot 1
  • Image: Fusarium Basal Rot 2

Fusarium basal rot
Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cepae

  • A white fuzzy growth can often be seen on the rotted basal plate
  • Leaves turn yellow to brown from the tip down and wilt
  • Red to purple discoloration may be seen on bulbs early in the season
  • Bulb has watery brown decay starting at the base and extending up into the bulb
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