African Violet Rot

A common problem of African Violets is a Fungal attack of Phytophthora, Pytkium, , and/ or Cylindrocarpon, which will cause the crown and roots to become soft. The outer leaves may drop and the central leaves may turn black over time.

Prevention includes using sterilized plastic pots which cannot harbor disease. Use only sterilized potting soils. A soil formulated for African Violets may be beneficial. Plant African Violets with the crown above the soil level. Water them sparingly. If you touch infected plants, wash your hands before handling healthy plants.

Treatment: Benomyl ("Benlate") is a systemic fungicide used to combat these and other fungal diseases. Use it according to directions on the container.

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