Aster Yellows Disease in Coneflower (Echinacea)

Coneflowers are one of my favorite perennials. Environmentally there are few things to worry about with them. They are drought tolerant, bloom prolifically, and help to create a beautiful landscape. Unfortunately there is one major issue that can destroy whole gardens of these perennials: Aster Yellows. Recently I filmed a short video on a coneflower in my garden that has Aster Yellows disease. It's easy to spot. Check out the video below for more information on Aster Yellows disease: For more gardening videos please subscribe on my Youtube Channel: Growing The Home Garden.   Cause of Aster Yellows Disease Phyoplasma causes the deformities Leaf hoppers and juice sucking inspects transfer it from plant to plant. Prevention of Aster Yellows Disease Remove infected plants Plan your garden plantings with some space between members of the aster family.  

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Blossom End Rot and What To Do

When the fruit first begins to form in your vegetable garden you may notice a condition where the blossom ends of the fruit turns brown to black then begins to rot away. This can happen to a number of different vegetable garden producers like tomatoes, squash, peppers, and more. Aptly named "Blossom End Rot", this condition is nothing to be overly concerned about. It's disappointing to see something you've been eagerly awaiting for weeks get seemingly ruined - but it is only temporary! Blossom End Rot on Summer Squash   What Causes Blossom End Rot? Blossom end rot is a calcium deficiency that prevents the proper formation of cells in the fruit. Just like people, plants need nutrients like calcium for proper growth. The calcium deficiency can be cause by a couple things but is usually an issue with too much water not allowing the plant to bring in calcium…

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