Guarding Your Flower Garden
Since your flowers have no immune system, you might have to take protective measures so that these plant diseases do not affect them in your flower garden. Flowers are vulnerable to many destructive diseases such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses. There are ways, however, to keep these diseases at bay in your flower garden.
Fungi spore can lie undisturbed in the ground for many years. However, if you place plants in one of these areas,, even it is bare, these spores can awaken and attack your plants. Do not be deceived into thinking that barren soil will give you safe place to plant your flowers.
Fungal infections are some of the hardest to kill. This is because their spores spread rapidly. Just one single plant that contracts a fungal infection can produce up to a million spores in very little time. There are various ways for these destructive fungi to infect a plant. Some gain entrance through the roots and some use the leaves of the plants as a doorway. But there are other dangers to your flower garden as well.
Bacteria have a very limited life span in bare soil. They need both moisture and warmth for their growth and reproductive cycle. Warm and wet areas are more susceptible for bacterial growth. Bacteria can be spread to your flower bed by overhead watering in which the water splashes down on plant leaves. Just as humans can get a bacterial infection through a cut in the skin, so too flowers can get a bacterial infection through a cut in the leaves or stems. Be alert to any such plant damage.
Viruses are unable to reproduce in the soil itself, but are only able to reproduce inside the cells of plants. These viruses are easily transmitted by insects. However, they can also infect seeds or pollen as well and can quickly spread to infect other plants through their stems or leaves.
In order to provide care for your sick flowers, an accurate diagnosis is needed. You can use either books or online resources in order to correctly recognize the problem with your plants. Websites and books usually include pictures of the infected plants so that you can do a comparison. You will need to have a resource as a guide because you cant provide a proper treatment if you dont know exactly what the problem is.
You can also take your plant to a local plant store where you can find a professional to ask help from. If you just cant find an answer online or in a book, this is the perfect place to seek answers. The main thing is to respond quickly to an type of disease infections as soon as you see them in your flower garden to hold the damage to a minimum. Your flowers communicate the best that they can when they are sick.