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Anthracnose

OVERVIEW

Anthracnose is a common plant disease caused by a fungus. It thrives under moist, warm conditions and is spread through watering, wind, rain, insects, or garden tools. Infected plants develop dark lesions on leaves, stems, or fruit.

SYMPTOMS

Leaves

On leaves, anthracnose is characterized by irregular brown spots surrounded with yellow. The spots darken and expand as they age, covering a larger area of the leaves.

Trees

On trees, it can kill the tips of young twigs. It also attacks the young leaves, which develop brown spots and patches. It can also cause defoliation of the tree.

Fruits

On fruits, it produces small, dark, sunken spots, which may spread. In moist weather, pinkish spore masses form in the center of these spots. Eventually, the fruits will rot.

TREATMENT

In order to treat and manage anthracnose, use any of the natural treatments listed below. The treatment selected should be added to a spray bottle and applied to the leaves of the affected plant for three consecutive days. If no results are shown after two weeks of completing the treatment and the disease continues to spread, you may try another one of the remedies listed below. Do not apply the treatment while the plant is receiving full sun, apply early in the morning or after sunset.

Chamomile Tea

1 cup of chamomile tea combined with 2 cups of water

Cinnamon

1 tablespoon of cinnamon combined with 1 liter of water

Garlic

5 cloves of garlic combined with 1 liter of water, place mixture in a blender for best results

Baking Soda

1 tablespoon of baking soda combined with 1 liter of water

Vinegar

1 tablespoon of vinegar combined with 1 liter of water

Milk

1 cup of milk combined with 1 cup of water

For More Advanced Cases

combine 800 ml of water with 200 ml of milk and 20 g of baking soda