New publication on organic growing of ornamentals

Editor’s note: This article is from the archives of the MSU Crop Advisory Team Alerts. Check the label of any pesticide referenced to ensure your use is included.

Editor’s note: MSU plant pathologist Willie Kirk advises that he likes this publication for the way it promotes integrated pest management (IPM) and clearly states the limits of the products. Thanks to Purdue for its development.

Disease control on ornamentals is a significant problem for the homeowner, nursery and greenhouse grower, and the landscape professional. By definition, these plants are to be “ornamental,” however, diseases often mar the beauty of these plants, and growers are often puzzled by the many different chemicals, and how to use them.

To address this use, we published a new brief in the Disease Management Strategies Series titled, “Using Organic Fungicides.” This brief is available online at: http://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/BP/BP-69-W.pdf. This publication offers strategies for properly using organic fungicides and describes a number of organic fungicides growers can use to prevent plant diseases.

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