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Club Root - Vegetables

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club root on cabbage

Clubroot is a soil-borne fungal disease that causes the yellowing, stunting and wilting of cruciferous plants, especially cabbage. The clubroot diagnosis is confirmed by the presence of club-like galls (swellings) on infected plant roots. (resistant vs. susceptible) The disease is worse in acidic soils.


Remove weeds from garden area and borders, rotate crops, clean up and discard all plant debris at the end of the season and incorporate 3.5 lbs. of hydrated lime per 100 sq. ft. of garden area prior to planting to maintain a soil pH of 7.2-7.4.

comparing resistant and susceptible cabbage plants
Resistant vs. susceptible cabbage varieties

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