How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Bacterial soft rot—Erwinia sp.

Early symptoms of bacerial soft rot include small water-soaked areas that later expand causing the tissue to become soft and mushy. A strong odor may be apparent.

Solutions

The bacteria that causes bacterial soft rot enters plants through wounds caused by insects or mechanical means. The infection is encouraged by humid or wet conditions. Space plants to allow for good air circulation. Avoid sprinkler irrigation. When using garden tools, be careful to avoid any injury to plants.

Bacterial soft rot of cauliflower
Bacterial soft rot of cauliflower


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