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Advanced - Pests and Disease control

Rhizoctonia root rot

Rhizoctonia root rot (Rhizoctonia solani) is a fungal disease which causes damping-off of seedlings and foot rot of cuttings.
Infection occurs in warm to hot temperatures and moderate moisture levels.
The fungi is found in all natural soils and can survive indefinitely. Infected plants often have slightly sunken lesions on the stem at or below the soil line.
Transfer of the fungi to the germination room or greenhouse is easily accomplished by using outdoor gardening tools inside or vice versa.

The germination room should not be used for mixing potting soils or transplanting seedlings as a general rule.