Learn About Elephant Ears – Burpee

Common Disease Problems

Dasheen Mosaic Virus: The most characteristic sign of the zodiac of spotty light and dark patterns on leaves, or clearly defined ring spots. Growth may be stunted. This virus can be spread by aphids. Burpee Recommends: Remove infected plants. Control aphids. 
Leaf Spots: This causes tan spotting on the foliation and causes plants to lose energy. Burpee Recommends: Check with your Cooperative Extension Service for fungicide recommendations.
Root Rots: A total of pathogens cause root rots. Burpee Recommends: Make sure your soil has excellent drainage. Contact your Cooperative Extension Service for recommendations.

Common Pest and Cultural Problems

Aphids: Greenish, loss, black or spill the beans colored sucking insects can spread disease as they feed on the undersides of leaves. They leave a sticky residue on leaf that attracts ants. Burpee Recommends: Introduce or attract natural predators into your garden such as lady beetles and wasps who feed on aphids. You can also wash them off with a strong spray, or use an insecticidal soap.

Mealybugs : Mealybugs are 1/8 to ¼ edge retentive two-dimensional wingless insects that secrete a white gunpowder that forms a bendable beat that protects them. They form cottony looking masses on stems, branches and leaves. They suck the juices from leaves and stems causing weak plant growth. They besides attract ants with the honeydew they excrete, and the honeydew can grow a black sooty mold on it a well. Burpee Recommends: Wash infected plant parts under the faucet and try to rub the bugs off. They may also be controlled by predator insects such as lacewings, ladybugs and parasitic wasps. Check with your Cooperative Extension Service for pesticide recommendations.
Root Maggots : Leaves wilt and growth is stunted. These maggots are white and run on the roots. They leave brown tunnels in the root. Burpee Recommends: Introduce natural enemies to the area. Check with your Cooperative Extension Service for pesticide recommendations which must be applied prior to planting.
Spider Mites: These bantam spider-like pests are about the size of a grain of pepper. They may be bolshevik, black, brown or yellow. They suck on the plant juices removing chlorophyll and inject toxins which cause white dots on the leaf. There is frequently webbing visible on the plant. They cause the leaf to turn yellow and become dry and stippled. They multiply promptly and thrive in dry conditions. Burpee Recommends: Spider mites may be controlled with a forceful spray every other day. Try hot pepper wax or insecticidal soap. Check with your Cooperative Extension Service for miticide recommendations.

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