How to Manage Pests
Pests in Gardens and Landscapes
White mold—Sclerotinia sclerotiorum
Symptoms of white mold include water-soaked areas on flowers and at stem joints where senescent flower
petals have fallen. The infection quickly kills stems, which eventually dry and take on a bleached appearance.
Water-soaked stem lesions may also appear at the soil line if senescent plant debris is present around
the plant. Affected areas generally show white, cottony mycelium that soon produces large, irregularly
shaped, black sclerotia. Infected fruits turn gray and rot.
White mold is favored by a wet soil surface. Use of raised beds and careful furrow irrigation that does
not overflow onto bed surfaces can help limit damage. Avoid overhead sprinklers. Space plants well enough
to allow good air circulation. Remove and destroy entire infected plants and crop residues as soon as
you see the mold.
appearance of tomato stems