Late Blight Update for Home Gardeners


The University of Massachusetts Plant Diagnostic Lab has confirmed the presence of Late Blight (LB) in Franklin County on tomatoes on July 11. Advice for home gardener clientele: At this point in the season, if symptoms begin appearing on plants, remove plants, place in a plastic bag, seal, and discard in the trash or completely bury plants deep enough underground so plants decompose and will not re-sprout. Do not put the plants in a compost pile as spores will still spread from this debris. Visit the website https://extension.umass.edu/vegetable/alerts,  for more details, images, and management options.  You may also track the spread of the disease at the website USA Blight, www.usablight.org.

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