The holes bores are usually visible enough to notice the damage done to the plant. All three di seases a re favo red by warm, wet or very humid weather, overhead sprinkling, excess shade, and crowding of plants. The holes bores are usually visible enough to notice the damage done to the plant. zinniae) is a common disease, which occurs under conditions of extended leaf wetness.Penn State Dept. Three major, widespread diseases occurring on zinnias are: Alternaria blight (Alternaria zinniae), powdery mildew (Golovinomyces cichoracearum, formerly Erysiphe cichoracearum), and bacterial leaf spot (Xanthomonas campestris pv. The fungus may persist in seeds for up to 7 years but for only 2 years in plant debris. Use natural predators such as parasitic wasps to keep away aphids from your Zinnias. Zinnia—Zinnia spp. Aster leafhoppers (Macrosteles quadrilineatus), may carry and transmit aster yellows, which is a plant disease caused by a phytoplasma that causes flower deformities.Barbara H. Smith, ©2019 HGIC, Clemson University. This is the source of next season’s inoculum. Alternaria Leaf Spot: The fungus Alternaria zinnia causes a leaf spot on zinnias that starts as small, dark reddish, circular spots that rapidly expand and become irregularly shaped with grayish-white centers. Aphids and spider mites can be hosed off the plants with a strong stream of water. 1. See Table 1 for examples of brands and products with these fungicides and follow label directions for mixing and use. Seed from infected plants can spread this leaf spot disease. They are usually spread by insects. Powdery Mildew: Powdery mildew is a fungal disease (Golovinomyces cichoracearum) that appears primarily on plant foliage but may also infect flowers and stems. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area. Z. violacea) is the most common. Zinnias make terrific cut flowers, and cutting the flowers encourages new blooms. Although most research proves that rabbits don’t like Zinnias, they may still munch on the plant for the fun of it. These zinnias have become infected with powdery mildew (Golovinomyces cichoracearum).Mary Ann Hansen, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Bugwood.org. Sometimes the spots are rectangular with a reddish-brown or purple color. Alternaria blight is the most common and conspicuous. Pests and Diseases. Zinnias have few insect pests, but aphids, spider mites, and whiteflies may damage plants, especially during hot, dry weather. Pick out slugs as soon as you notice them. At the end of this season, remove ALL plant tissue from these plants, and dispose of them in a method other than composting. Spindly Shoots; Foliage Are Yellowed, Curled By Virus Diseases Various diseases caused by viruses occasionally attack zinnias. If you see any of these signs, rabbits are definitely the ones feeding on your Zinnias. Some may have distinct markings or blotches. Nevertheless, it becomes heartbreaking when pests start to eat the leaves. At this point, what is most important is to understand the symptoms of pests and pathogens. Serious infections cause the leaves to turn brown quickly and shrivel. Under conditions of disease development, spray plants weekly. Over one week the leaves are turning brown and wilting from the bottom up. COVID-19 Extension Updates and Resources ... More Information », Factsheet | HGIC 2110 | Published: Nov 9, 2020 | Print, Zinnias are excellent sources of pollen and nectar for many beneficial insects; therefore, it is not recommended that insecticides, other than insecticidal soap, be used to control damaging mite and insect pests.Barbara H. Smith, ©2019 HGIC, Clemson University. Pour alcohol or soapy water over trapped earwigs to kill them. smpatton Springdale, AR May 03, 2015. It is also possible to find two-colored and mottled varieties. At the end of the growing season, remove all plant debris to reduce the carry-over of fungal disease inoculum (the pathogen responsible for the infection). Moreover, they often leave behind some of their droppings when they are done snacking on the leaves. Among the most prevalent are curly top, caused by curly top virus; mosaic, caused by the cucumber mosaic virus; and spotted wilt, cause by the tomato spotted wilt virus. Discarded affected plant parts and keep the area around the plant neat. There is no control method once the flowers have been infected, and plants with symptoms should be promptly removed and discarded in the trash. If you find a metallic green insect with cooper brown wings, feeding on your Zinnias, that is most likely a Japanese Beetle. Gather and destroy dead leaves and stems in the fall. Moreover, it prevents Japanese beetles that have consumed the oil from laying eggs that hatch. If overhead watering is used, irrigate during the early morning hours to allow the leaves to dry quickly in the morning sunlight. Cercospora leaf spot (Cercospora zinnia) has light gray to white circular spots with reddish-purple borders.Barbara H. Smith, ©2019 HGIC, Clemson University. Bacterial Leaf Spot: Xanthomonas campestris pv. Spray Zinnias with neem oil to control Japenese Beetles. These spots may coalesce (run together), and heavily infected leaves usually die. Zinnias do not benefit from being planted early; wait for warmer weather. You can apply powdered fox urine or blood meal around the foliage to repel rabbits from the plant. Zinnias have few insect pests, but aphids, spider mites, and whiteflies may damage plants, especially during hot, dry weather. Moreover, bunnies that are still experimenting with taste may eat the plants. When to start inside:4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date. Pests & Disease: The biggest pests of zinnias are powdery mildew disease and Japanese beetles. Pests and diseases. Pruning. Some leaf damage is not an issue, so avoid spraying unless there’s a true infestation. Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to people of all ages, regardless of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or family status and is an equal opportunity employer. But now, some of those plants have ugly leaf like this. For example, an attack by bacteria is manifested by wet spots with yellow borders on the stem, blooms, and leaves of the Zinnias. Along with diseases, pests can also cause problems. The better fungicides to control Alternaria leaf spot are chlorothalonil, copper fungicides, and mancozeb. Deer scat is different from rabbit droppings, so look for paw prints and scat to identify the pest. Integrated Pest Management Strategies. See Table 1 for examples of brands and products containing these fungicides. The fungus overwinters in plant debris in soil or through contaminated seed. Zinnias grow best in full sun all day; however, they may be more prone to leaf spot diseases in partial shade. Alternaria leaf spot of zinnia (Alternaria zinniae) starts as small, dark reddish, circular spots that rapidly expand and become irregularly shaped with grayish-white centers.John Hartman, University of Kentucky, Bugwood.org. Views: 5748, Replies: 9 » Jump to the end. Monitor for pests and diseases. Therefore, it is best to always water near the base of the plants. Whiteflies also excrete honeydew, and it causes the leaves of your zinnia plant to turn yellow and die. This method works because the female parasitic wasps use Aphids as hosts to lay their eggs. Informational table showing disease name, symptoms, pathogen/cause, and management of Zinnia diseases. When Rabbits feed on the leaves, they eat all or a significant portion of them. Plants are 12-18 inches in height and extremely disease resistant. Diatomaceous earth tears the slugs apart as they crawl on it. Just like bacterial leaf spot, when they become gray, they wither leaving holes in the leaves. It’s easy to conclude that pests are responsible for eating your Zinnias. Cause The fungus Alternaria zinniae has been reported on zinnia from Oregon and found many times on samples sent to the OSU Plant Clinic. As the spots become larger, they may develop dark concentric rings in the centers. Likewise, fungal infections are manifested by large, round spots on the leaves of the zinnias. Japanese Beetles could be the insect that eats your Zinnias. Zinnias are rarely attacked by insects. The ideal soil temperature for zinnia seed germination is 70°â€“80°F. This information is supplied with the understanding that no discrimination is intended and no endorsement of brand names or registered trademarks by the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service is implied, nor is any discrimination intended by the exclusion of products or manufacturers not named. zinniae is the causal agent of bacterial leaf spot of zinnias, and the symptoms of infection are purplish spots that usually remain small, but they become angular in shape. Zinnias with the disease lose their bottom leaves, and their upper leaves are covered with gray powder, which is the mycelium of the fungi growing on the plant. These include copper-based fungicides, horticultural oil with baking soda, sulfur, myclobutanil, propiconazole, tebuconazole, and thiophanate methyl. You can set traps for earwigs by placing shallow bowls of vegetable oil under the infested plant. It is important to keep the foliage dry to discourage bacterial and fungal diseases. Powdery mildew affects the plant and takes away its nutrients. Plant owners that are not familiar with insect pests may be unable to identify the Japanese Beetle as the culprit. It is carried by aster leafhoppers (Macrosteles quadrilineatus), which are insects that feed on the sap of the plants. Infections occur not only on foliage but also on ray flowers, which will wither and produce lesions on stems, which often become girdled and finally wilt. Mildew likes cool, wet conditions, so water during the day instead of at night. Zinnia or Zinnia, a beautiful flower. If this document didn’t answer your questions, please contact HGIC at hgic@clemson.edu or 1-888-656-9988. Barbara H. Smith, HGIC Horticulture Extension Agent, Clemson UniversityJoey Williamson, PhD, HGIC Horticulture Extension Agent, Clemson University. Mexico is considered the birthplace of the Zinnia from the Astrovich family. Spray as needed following rainy periods with chlorothalonil, copper fungicides, or mancozeb. Mark unread; Skip to new; Mark unread Print Skip to new. The plants may show curled, distorted, mottled foliage, they may be stunted or deformed, wilting, turning yellow and then dying. Also, there will be control methods provided to help you get rid of them.eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'gardenersyards_com-medrectangle-4','ezslot_9',108,'0','0'])); If you have rabbits as pets, you will be amazed to know these sturdy animals with whiskers are the ones eating your Zinnias. Both bear abundant flowers two to three inches in diameter are available in a variety of colors. Spray neem oil in the evening to avoid leaf burns during the day. Try not to get the foliage wet when you water plants and make sure they are in full sun. The best way to keep plants healthy is by taking preventative measures. Finally, rotate where you plant your zinnias (and all plants) each year so pests and diseases specific to that plant don't have a good chance to buildup in the soil over time. 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