Plants

Diseases geraniums – Geranium

Garden protection

More and more people are making enormous sacrifices to be able to combine their home (perhaps owned) with a beautiful garden; this is a commercial trend that has even strengthened in recent years, despite the extremely difficult economic situation in which the whole world finds itself. In reality, more than being a commercial trend, this is a real psychological condition: the average human being is increasingly stressed by the rhythms that must be sustained to live in today’s world, increasingly obsessed with appointments and work commitments and not. , and all this undermines his ability to relate even with loved ones who are waiting for him at home. To dispose of all this accumulated stress, nothing is better than the garden: a completely personal corner of the garden, furnished to our taste and dedicated only to our relaxation and at the most to the game of our children, which at the limit is also a pleasure because it still brings us closer to the family. This thing has enormous importance, and it is for this reason that the garden is absolutely to be «protected» as the title of our first paragraph suggests; you have to take care of it to be able to make it be in top shape so that it can have that positive influence on us.

Dangers


We have said that the garden must be cared for and protected so that it can always shine and be aesthetically efficient but also for the good effect on our mood, but what are the dangers that the garden runs? They are fundamentally three, variously connected to each other: carelessness, animals and insects, diseases. Let’s say immediately that proper maintenance, made up of almost daily and always precise precautions and care, greatly reduces the chances that other dangers can take our garden; in fact, the hygiene and order that we maintain by pruning, cleaning the corners and fertilizing the soil have an enormous value in allowing the garden to be stronger against external dangers. These external dangers are basically constituted by animals and insects that directly or indirectly attack the plants in our garden and often cause them to dry out with serious cases of plant death; but not only that, in addition to living animals and insects, we must also be careful of viruses, harmful bacteria and various fungi: these three «scoundrels» often behave as parasites of our plants, ruining their flowers and fruits, but also bringing them to death because they take possession of every resource of their life.

Diseases of geraniums

One of the floral species that is most used in private gardens is that of geraniums: they are flowering plants that diversify into many species, all however with a noteworthy flowering both for the nature of the flowers and for their fresh and lively. This last feature is used to build plays of light and color in many gardens, making them charming and welcoming, as well as capable of putting those who admire them in a good mood. The fact is, however, that geranium, at least in our latitudes, is largely out of climate: it is born as a semi-tropical plant, especially in the most widespread species that grow and proliferate in the humid forests of central and southern Africa. For this reason this plant is particularly easy to attack by external agents, since it is weaker as it is out of climate; thediseases of geranium are in particular: cochineal, spider mite, lice. In particular, the cochineal causes brown spots to appear on the lower part of the leaves of the geranium, while the red spider causes the yellowing of the leaves and their diffuse yellow and gray speckling, while the lice are still visible as small white animals that wander on the leaves of the plant.

Diseases Geraniums: Remedies

Let’s say immediately that none of these three diseases can particularly worry us, both because there are quite easy remedies and because none of the three in most cases is lethal for the plant itself. However, let’s start with the cochineal, which requires mechanical removal (using a wad soaked in water and alcohol) and a subsequent washing of the plant with warm water if the plant is in pot, while if it is an adult specimen and in open ground it is he may also think of pesticides. The same goes for the red spider, remembering to go directly to the chemical treatment (always with pesticides on the market at each specialized shop) not based on the size of the plant but based on the severity of the infestation. Lice, on the other hand, do not suffer from either water or alcohol, and as it happens for us humans it is necessary to have suitable chemicals to use according to the instructions given to have the maximum effect without infesting the plant with an excess of unnatural substance. Geranium, as we have already specified before, is a fairly delicate plant in the climatic conditions in which we live, therefore it is a good idea to pay attention to pruning and repotting, to be carried out with great detail.

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