As we have seen before, cacti and other types of succulent plants They are very resistant to diseases, pests and disorders, but like any other plant they can suffer from these types of problems.
It should be noted that diseases in this type of plants can be produced and caused by 3 different types of pathogens:
- Fungi: they are the most important and mostly affect cacti
- Bacteria: they are not as frequent as fungi but they can be present in some succulent plants
- Viruses: they are the least frequent of the 3 and if they appear they are quite difficult to determine.
It is for this reason, that today, we will talk about another type of mushrooms that can harm cacti and other succulents.
- Internal rot: the internal plant rot it can be caused by fungi such as monosporium, phoma sporotrichum among others. To prevent them from being attacked and for our plant to end up seriously damaged, we must avoid wounds or injuries to our succulent plant.
- Botrytis: this type of fungus known as botrytis cinerea, is characterized by causing rotting of the plant, which is manifested by a grayish mold on the stem of the plant. Generally this fungus occurs when the plant has wounds or injuries caused by rain or hail. To prevent infestation by fungi of this species, we must protect our plant and apply an antibotritis fungicide the day after the rain or hail.
- Bacteriosis: Bacteriosis is generated by a bacterium called erwinia that infects plant lesions and causes a black rot. Although it cannot be cured with chemical products, it is important that the affected plant is eliminated to avoid contagion with the rest of the plantation.