A Quick & Simple Guide to the 3 Types of Plant Disease

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Hello! Thank goodness it’s Friday, right? We know that you are just getting started on your planting, but we wanted to give you some insight into how to tell if your plants are healthy. Unlike animals and people, plants can’t make noise when they are sick. They can’t cry, they can’t whine, and you can’t take their temperature to see if they have a fever. However, there are ways that you can tell when your plant has a plant disease. This way you can get them the care they need.

There are three kinds of diseases that plants can get:

  • Bacterial
  • fungal
  • viral

We are going to look at the signs and symptoms of each.

Bacterial Plant Disease


  • Bacterial ooze
  • Cut stem has bacterial streaming into water
  • Leasions that are water-soaked


  • Canker
  • Crown gall
  • Fruit spots
  • Spots on the leaf that have a yellow halo

Fungal Disease


  • Rust on leaf
  • Rust on stem
  • White mold (Sclerotinia)
  • Powdery mildew


  • Berries have birds-eye spots on them
  • Spots on leaf
  • Leaves are turning yellow
  • Seedlings are damping off

Viral Disease


  • There are none


  • Mosaic leaf patterns
  • Yellowed leaves
  • Crinkled leaves
  • Plant stunting

When you know what to look for in plant diseases, you can help your plants feel a lot better more quickly. If you are looking for someone who can help you with keeping your plants healthy, we are ready to help. We are familiar with plant disease and we can give you advice. Simply get in contact with us and let us know how we can help.

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