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ColleenC
Oct 29, 2017 9:14 PM CST
My soil is infected with fusarium. I have several plants not suffering from the fusarium which I want to transplant to a new garden. How do I do so without transferring the fusarium to the new soil? Can I rinse off the dirt and start them in their new home?

And what should I do to prevent fusarium from riding piggyback on tools into the new garden? I’ve heard bleach, but at what concentration and for how long?

Thanks!
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DaisyI
Oct 29, 2017 9:21 PM CST
Welcome!

I wouldn't try to transplant anything from soil known to be infected with Fusarium. Start with new Fusarium resistant plants.
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sooby
Oct 30, 2017 2:15 PM CST
Welcome!

I assume you have a laboratory diagnosis to know that it is fusarium, did they give you any idea which species of fusarium it is? How far away is the new garden from the current one?
Somerville, MA
ColleenC
Oct 30, 2017 9:26 PM CST
sooby said: Welcome!

I assume you have a laboratory diagnosis to know that it is fusarium, did they give you any idea which species of fusarium it is? How far away is the new garden from the current one?


No, I didn’t even know that one could, or how one could, get such a diagnosis - I’ve just been matching descriptions against my manual on plant disease. Do you have a recommendation for getting a diagnosis?

My current garden is in MA; my new garden, WA. I don’t actually know how broadly spread the presumed-fusarium is: it’s in the raised beds but the plants I want to bring with me are elsewhere. Two examples are spurge planted in an herb spiral many years ago and dwarf comfrey planted in a separate yard, where I don’t know if the disease has taken hold (as I see no effects on the plants there).

So beyond getting a lab involved, what suggestions do you have for keeping the diseases quarantined? Thank You!
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Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Oct 30, 2017 10:29 PM CST
ColleenC said:

No, I didn’t even know that one could, or how one could, get such a diagnosis - I’ve just been matching descriptions against my manual on plant disease. Do you have a recommendation for getting a diagnosis?

My current garden is in MA; my new garden, WA. I don’t actually know how broadly spread the presumed-fusarium is: it’s in the raised beds but the plants I want to bring with me are elsewhere. Two examples are spurge planted in an herb spiral many years ago and dwarf comfrey planted in a separate yard, where I don’t know if the disease has taken hold (as I see no effects on the plants there).

So beyond getting a lab involved, what suggestions do you have for keeping the diseases quarantined? Thank You!


Using a lot of compost may help. beneficial microbes eat bad ones.

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WillC
Oct 31, 2017 8:33 AM CST
Don't even try to treat any fungal or bacterial infection without a definitive lab diagnosis. Visually matching online photos or descriptions is not at all reliable. Sooby is correct that you need a lab diagnosis. If there is a local Cooperative Extension in your area, they should be able to help. Cornell University and other state agriculture schools may also be able to do the diagnosis.
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