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How to Control Disease in Plants — Naturally

woman tendings to grapes in gardenControlling disease in plants requires a two-pronged approach. First, make the plants strong so they resist disease using their own natural defenses. Second, if disease does set in, diagnose the disease accurately and then take appropriate remediation measures. At American Natural Products, we have natural and organic ways of controlling disease in plants.

The first thing to do is to make your plants as healthy and strong as possible so that they excel at resisting disease on their own. This can be done by minimizing plant stress, which means taking care to make sure they have all the nutrient support they need during any kind of transplant. Also, strengthen their immune systems throughout the entire growing season from beginning to end. At the beginning of the growing season, you want to prepare your seedbeds to support the sprouting of the seeds and the plants’ efforts to establish root systems. We have all-natural products for reducing transplant stress and for enhancing seedbeds.

Next, if your plants develop a problem after good preventative measures (which is unlikely), you want to identify the source of the problem. Is it nutrient deficiency? For example, squash plants can develop a condition called blossom end rot, where the blossoms fall off. This means there will be no squash at the end of the summer. This problem is usually caused by calcium deficiency. You can test for the deficiency by having your soil analyzed or by having the leaves of the plant analyzed; however, if you see blossom end rot on your squash, it is basically an indication that your plant has a calcium deficiency.  The problem can be remedied by foliar feeding a product that contains a good amount of calcium. Both Seaweed Extract and Micro-Gro Plus are rich in calcium, and both can be used for foliar feeding.

If the problem is not nutrient deficiency, you have to identify what else could be the problem. Plant diseases are most commonly bacterial or fungal, although they can also be weakened by certain types of pests, including moles, snails, worms, beetles and other insects.

All types of disease-repelling agents end in the suffix “-cide”, which is Latin for “death.” All go under the broad classification of pesticides, but they have more specific classifications based on which type of pest they are designed to repel. For instance, a snail repellent is a molluscicide.

We carry a number of different natural pesticides to repel invaders. Your product choice will depend on the invader.

Our NimBioSys controls up to two hundred different pests. A derivative of the Indian neem tree, it works against aphids, beetles, stink bugs, leafhoppers, whiteflies, mealybugs, mites, weevils, scale and thrips.

Perma-Guard D-21 is diatomaceous earth. It works against beetles, ants, aphids, caterpillars, midges, weevils, cabbage worms, armyworms, peach borer, and others. It is so safe it can be used on plants right up through harvest day.

Perma-Guard Fire Ant Insecticide contains diatomaceous earth and pyrethrin, a derivative of chrysanthemum that works as a natural pesticide.

Our DiPel PRO DF is a biological insecticide containing the bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis. It is very effective against caterpillars who die within hours of consumption.

For nematodes we carry Nemastop, which is composed of plant extracts.

For moles, gophers, and armadillos we carry Chase Mole and Gopher, which is made of castor oil and corn cobs. You can see the gophers scurry out of the field.

For Japanese beetles and grubs we carry Milky Spore, a pet-approved product that kills these invaders.

Our Garlic Gard repels insects and bigger garden pests like deer, squirrels and rabbits.

Our Plant Pro-tec is also garlic-based, but it has clip-on cartridges to reduce frequency of application for animal invaders.

With our wide variety of environmentally safe pesticides, your garden will thrive.

Remember to take care of your garden first by reducing transplant stress and properly preparing your seedbeds and soil. Then, if need be, try our all-natural pest products.

Happy gardening!

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