Want to learn more about plants?
Explore our easy-to-read educational Blog
Signs of damage
- The variegated coloration (from green to yellow) of different shapes and sizes of the affected leaves, stems, and fruits that resembles a mosaic;
- The mosaic can be arranged randomly or form a certain pattern; it can be ordinary, veined, interveinal, striped, yellow, annular, or marbled;
- The shape of the leaf blade changes;
- The plant’s growth slows down notably;
- Deformation of flowers and fruits;
- Sometimes the disease is subtle, and gardeners mistake it for lack of nutrients or exposure to chemicals.
How to prevent
One of the most effective methods of protecting cultivated plants is to select resistant varieties for planting. Other measures include fighting weeds, mandatory destruction of plant residues, and accuracy in caring. It is especially important to sterilize the tools and protect plants from damage caused by strong wind and rain because even minor injuries, like cutting or grafting, can infect them. Also, use traps for insect pests to protect your plants better. Prevention combined with regular plant fertilization, as well as treatment with biological insecticides, will bring good results.
The best approach for protecting your plants is combining preventive measures with biological treatment. Unfortunately, now there is no effective treatment to combat the mosaic virus. If you notice the first appearance of the symptoms of this disease on the plant parts, then, most likely, it will lead to their death. Still, you can possibly prevent the further spread of the disease.
Go Premium to continue reading
Also you’ll get unlimited access to disease identification and all the other beneficial features