With the wet Winter and Spring that more than half of Australia received, and the warnings of a potentially wetter-than-normal summer, the threat of Botrytis becomes a real one to anyone growing.
What is it?
Botrytis refers to several species of fungus that can either destroy the appearance of flowers or wreck fruit and vegetable crops. Though the fungus doesn’t affect the roots of a plant, it may cause silvery grey mould or other decay to occur on the fruit, leaves, stems or blooms of a plant, and it may greatly lower aesthetic quality (and thus potential sales) or make some fruit/vegetables unfit to eat. Botrytis infections most commonly begin in Spring, particularly when certain weather conditions are present.

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