Common Tropical Tree Diseases and How to Fix Them

By January 14th, 2019

Tropical Tree

While you may put your heart and soul into the caring and tending of your tropical trees and flowers, things may happen that are out of your control. These plants add exquisite beauty to indoor and outdoor living spaces, help purify the air, and add a unique texture and design to a space, but they can also lose these benefits if they acquire various diseases. Let’s take a look at several common tropical tree diseases and what you can do to treat them.

1. Anthracnose

Anthracnose is a common disease for tropical trees and plants. It is a type of fungal disease that attacks the flowers, stems, leaves, and even the fruit of the tree. Unfortunately, this disease can quickly take away from the plant’s beauty as it creates dark brown spots all over the plant. Over time, these spots cover the plant, creating more of an eyesore instead of the stunning beauty you desire.

One of the most effective treatment methods for Anthracnose is to use a copper-based fungicide. You also want to pull out your favorite gardening tools and remove any infected areas on the tree. This disease can spread quickly and violently, and it is important you stop it before it overtakes your stunning and beautiful trees.

2. Fire Blight

Fire Blight is another destructive tree disease that can quickly take away all of your hard work. This disease is quite common on fruit trees such as apple and pear trees, but it is also common in various tropical trees as well. With this disease, it begins at the end of the stem and travels down, killing all the leaves and other vegetation that stand in its way. Branches and leaves will begin to turn brown and black colours, and it begins to look sick and uncared for.

If Fire Blight has overtaken your trees, you will want to remove all infected areas as soon as possible. Liquid copper is another possible treatment option that has been proven effective.

3. Mold

Mold is quite common on various tropical trees, particularly palm trees and tropical trees for the indoors. Mold can create an unsightly appearance and hurt your tree because it can cover any surface such as the leaves, flowers, stem, and tree trunk. If you discover mold on your tropical trees with flowers, it is best to talk to an expert like those at your local TERRA Greenhouse location. The best treatment option can vary depending on the severity of the disease.

Unfortunately, tropical trees and plants are no stranger to diseases. By working with the professionals at your local TERRA Greenhouse location, you can get the expert help, guidance, and growing advice you need to keep your beautiful plants thriving and healthy.


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