How can you handle an anthracnose infection in your garden? Try the most efficient way of healing any fungal diseases: apply a fungicide. Before you cringe in horror at the notion, realize that an efficient fungicide can be quite safe for humans, as well as for garden bugs. Usually you will have to spray the plants a few times to get rid of an infection, though.
It takes longer, when the weather is humid and warm, because these conditions promote spreading of the fungi. That's why using sprinklers to water any plants infected with fungus is a bad idea.
Collect any mature fruits as soon, as possible. The longer they remain on the plant stems, the greater is a risk of a re-infection. It's safe to eat already infected tomatoes, as long as you cut out the bad parts. Remember to throw this nasty stuff away, so that you avoid spreading the spores.
After the harvest remove the plants, which were infected with fungus. Refrain from composting any compromised flora. Dry and burn such a plant matter instead.
Is it possible to prevent an outbreak of the disease in your garden? If you follow a few simple tips, you will decrease a risk of an infection on the plants.
While it's possible to treat anthracnose on infected plants with an effective fungicide, try to control this fungal plant disease with the tips above. What can you do today to prevent anthracnose in your tomato garden?
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