Top 10 problems with indoor gardens and their organic cures

  1. Rust: It is found on various mature plants including beans, asparagus, onions, carrots and corn. Infected plants usually develop brown powdery spots on stems and leaves. Infection can be prevented by providing good air circulation. Remove and destroy all seriously affected plant parts or entire plants. You can dust your plants with sulfur to keep the problem from spreading or prevent infection.
  2. Wilt: Affects many vegetables in indoor gardens including tomatoes, potatoes, melons and pepper. Symptoms include plant parts turning yellow and wilting plants. The problem can be avoided by planting resistant cultivars and soil solarization.images
  3. Powdery mildew: The upper surface of infected leaves becomes covered in a gray or white powdery growth. Plants that are seriously infected turn brown and eventually drop. Fruits ripen prematurely and have poor flavor and texture. Improve air circulation by pruning or staking plants. Plants that are heavily infected should be destroyed.download
  4. Downy mildew: It affects most vegetables and usually appears as a purple or white downy growth along stems and on the underside of leaves. Indoor gardening plants should be watered early in the morning to give them ample time to dry throughout the day.mildew
  5. Late blight: This problem occurs later in the plants’ growing season and the symptoms often appear after blossom. Gardeners should look out for a white fungal growth or water soaked spots on the underside of the lower leaves. You can select resistant cultivars to prevent the problem and always dispose of infected tubers and plants.light fungal
  6. Mosaic virus: It affects a wide variety of plants including tomatoes, beans, and peppers. The virus causes blotchy yellow and green veins or foliage. Viral diseases such as Mosaic virus have no cures and the best bet is taking preventive measures such as controlling pests ( especially leaf hoppers and aphids) and planting resistant varieties.virus
  7. Anthracnose: Melons, cucumbers and tomatoes are most often affected by the disease. Symptoms include pods and fruits with dark, sunken spots. You can use sulfur spray to control the diseases in your indoor garden.images (1)
  8. Bacterial leaf spot: Small, water-soaked spots appear in the leaves of infected plants. Bacterial leaf spot does not have a cure.leaf
  9. Alternaria blight: The main symptoms include black and brown spots on leaves before they die and fall off. You can also find dark sunken spots on tubers and fruits. Organic seed treatment and proper seed selection are some of the available prevention measures. Infected crops must be disposed of properly.leaf2
  10. Dying: In case your indoor gardening plants are dying after providing all the necessary requirements and conditions, the underlying problem might be the pH of the potting medium. Therefore it is vital to test the pH of your indoor gardening potting medium and adjust accordingly.