Nutrient Deficiency

Pest/Disease: Nutrient Deficiency

Pest Type: Non-infectious plant disease


Major Identifying Features: High soil pH, inappropriate irrigation, mechanical injuries to roots, poor drainage, root decay pathogens

Life Cycle: N/A

Pest/Disease Rating: Moderate

Management Rating: Moderate

Host/Season/Outbreak Information: Landscape soils land sandy soils are more deficient in micronutrients, macronutrient deficiency is more common in containers, planter boxes, around nut trees, fruit trees, and palms

Damage Information: Nutrient deficiencies reduce shoot-growth and leaf size, disolored foliage, fade and distort, discoloration with characteristic pattern, stunted plants, dieback, plants can become predisposed for other maladies

Management Options: Mechanical and prevention by adding organic matter to soil, and proper drainage, chemical with fertilizers, WARNING ON THE USE OF CHEMICALS


Dreistadt, Steve H., and Jack Kelly. Clark. Pests of Landscape Trees and Shrubs: An Integrated Pest Management Guide. Oakland, CA: U of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 1994. Print.


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