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White Mold
Sclerotinia sclerotiorum

  • Entire plant or single branch wilts, leaves turn brown and die
  • Wilted stems are discolored, tan to off-white
  • Fluffy, white cotton-like fungal growth may been seen on infected plants when humidity is high
  • Round to irregular hard black fungal structures ranging in size from 1/16 to ½ inch can be found clinging to the outside an infected stem or embedded inside the dead stem
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Root rot
Rhizoctonia solani and Pythium spp.

  • Leaves turn yellow and wilt
  • Plants are stunted
  • The base of the stem may turn brown and crack
  • Roots have brown sunken areas and lack root hairs
  • The outer root tissue may be easily removed leaving behind thin, stringy root cores
  • Disease common in cool, wet soil with poor drainage
  • Lab test necessary to distinguish between Rhizoctonia and Pythium Root Rot
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