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

Sources:

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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