How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Seasonal development and life cycle—Early blight

The early blight fungus can overwinter on potato refuse in the garden, in soil, on tubers, and on other solanaceous plants. Infection occurs when spores of the fungus come in contact with susceptible leaves and sufficient free moisture is present. Spore germination and infection are favored by warm weather and wet conditions from dew, rain, or sprinkler irrigation. Alternate wet and dry periods with relatively dry, windy conditions favor spore dispersal and disease spread. Tubers can be infected as they are lifted through the soil at harvest. If sufficient moisture is present, spores germinate and infect the tubers.

Early blight can overwinter on tubers
Early blight can overwinter on tubers


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