Gary W. Moorman, Professor of Plant Pathology
|BACTERIAL BLIGHT Asplenium, Bird's-Nest Fern||Translucent spots develop all over the leaves, enlarge quickly and turn reddish-brown with purple halos.||Pseudomonas cichorii or P. gladioli||Purchase plants free of the disease. Avoid overhead watering. Discard infected plants.|
|GRAYING Nephrolepsis, Boston fern||Leaves have a gray color and plants have few runners.||Drought||Maintain even soil moisture at all times. Examine roots for nematode and root rot symptoms.|
|FOLIAR NEMATODE Asplenium||Small dark green spots form at the base of fronds. Spots turn brown to black as they enlarge.||Aphelenchoides fragariae||Discard infected plants. Avoid wetting the fronds when watering.|
|FROND LOBING Asplenium||Fronds have many lobes and indentations. Frond tips may be crinkled or dead.||Over-fertilization||Reduce the amount of fertilizer being used and leach the pots.|
|LEAF TIP BURN||Tips of fronds and leaflets brown and die.||Over-fertilization||Reduce the amount of fertilizer being used and leach the pots.|
|NEMATODES||Foliage grays, wilts, and dies. Roots are rotted.||Pratylenchus||Pot in pasteurized potting mix. Discard infected plants.|
|PYTHIUM ROOT ROT||Plants have a gray color or are yellowed, stunted, and wilted. Roots are brown and rotted.||Pythium||Plant in pathogen-free pasteurized potting mix. Apply a fungicide to protect plants.|
|RHIZOCTONIA BLIGHT||Brown, irregularly shaped spots form on the foliage close to the crown or sometimes at the top. Spots spread very rapidly. Webbing of the fungus forms from frond to frond.||Rhizoctonia solani||Plant in pathogen-free pasteurized potting mix. Apply a fungicide to protect plants.|
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