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I have been having trouble with my Silver Beet. The leaves are becoming infested with a disease of some type and it is affecting both the quality and yield severely. I have attached a photo for you to have a look.

Can anyone help and advise me what to do?
7 years ago
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Hi Graeme

The disease in your Silver Beet looks like Cercospora Leaf Spot and is a common fungal disease. Apparently it is most common in warmer climates with higher humidity. It can be treated with a fungicide, but I wouldn't recommend this - if you remove infected leaves as they appear, and regularly pick the leaves (don't allow old leaves to remain on the plant) you should find that you will still get a good crop.

Word of warning ..... don't add infected leaves to your compost! Also, ensure that you practice crop rotation (see article on iCultivate) to minimise the problem.

I have provided link that contains further details that you may find useful.

All the best.
7 years ago
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Hi Graeme

The disease in your Silver Beet looks like Cercospora Leaf Spot and is a common fungal disease. Apparently it is most common in warmer climates with higher humidity. It can be treated with a fungicide, but I wouldn't recommend this - if you remove infected leaves as they appear, and regularly pick the leaves (don't allow old leaves to remain on the plant) you should find that you will still get a good crop.

Word of warning ..... don't add infected leaves to your compost! Also, ensure that you practice crop rotation (see article on iCultivate) to minimise the problem.

I have provided link that contains further details that you may find useful.

All the best.
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