Most Common Broccoli Pests & Diseases

You grow broccoli in your garden or on your balcony and have problems with pests or plant diseases?

This article is great for you since I will show you easy ways how to get rid of broccoli pests and diseases in the following chapters.

Broccoli Pests

PestSolution
AphidsAphids are quite common pests when growing broccoli. Feel free to get information on how to control aphids.
Cabbage WormsCabbage worms eat the leaves and the roots of broccoli. You can keep away cabbage worms by spraying neem oil onto the leaves of your plants and also using sodium bicarbonate on the soil.
Flea BeetlesFlea beetles may feed on the plant material of broccoli. You can keep them away by spraying a solution of alcohol and water onto the leaves of your broccoli plants.
CutwormsCutworms can greatly lower broccoli yields. Hence, make sure to check out how to get rid of cutworms.
LoopersLoopers often try to feed on broccoli plants. Make sure to get information on how to get rid of loopers.
CaterpillarsCaterpillars, similar to loopers, can also adversely impact your broccoli growing project. Thus, make sure to check out how to get rid of caterpillars as well.
Leaf minersLeaf miners can do a lot of damage to broccoli plants. Thus, make sure to keep away leaf miners by spraying stinging nettle liquid or neem oil onto broccoli plants.
WirewormsWireworms also often feed on broccoli leaves and crops. You can control wireworms by putting coffee grounds or eggshells onto the soil.
MothsMoths may also try to feed on broccoli plants. You can simply keep away moths from your plants by installing moth traps and getting rid of trapped moths afterward.
MaggotsMaggots are quite common intruders when growing broccoli in your garden. Make sure to get some knowledge on how to control maggots.
Harlequin bugHarlequin bugs may try to feed on broccoli plants and crops. Insecticidal soap can help you get rid of harlequin bugs, even though it will not be that eco-friendly.
WhitefliesWhiteflies often infest the leaves of broccoli plants. Thus, make sure to check out how to get rid of whiteflies.

Broccoli Diseases

DiseaseHow to cure it
ClubrootClubroot is a quite common broccoli disease that can slow down the growth of broccoli plants. You can prevent clubroot by raising the soil pH by adding some lime to the soil.
Leaf spotLeaf spot can be a serious plant disease that can adversely impact the growth of broccoli plants. Hence, make sure to find tips and tricks on how to get rid of leaf spot.
BlightBlight may lead to a decay of broccoli plants in the worst case. Thus, make sure to get information on how to get rid of blight on your plants.
RustPlant rust is not only a visual problem, but it can also prevent the leaves of broccoli plants to work properly. Hence, make sure to check out how to control plant rust.
Downy mildewDowny mildew is another common broccoli plant disease. You can use a natural or copper-based fungicide to get rid of downy mildew in a proper manner.
Powdery mildewSimilar to downy mildew, powdery mildew can also adversely affect the growth of broccoli plants. Hence, make sure to get further information on how to get rid of powdery mildew.
Black rotBlack rot can let your plants decay. It is pretty hard to treat once it is present and you should remove all of the infested plant material to avoid the spread to other garden plants.
Damping-offDamping off means that broccoli seedlings will not grow well and may eventually decay. To prevent damping off, make sure not to water your seeds too often and also to provide optimal lighting and soil conditions.

Broccoli Plant Diseases & Pests – Summary List

PestsDiseases
WirewormsRust
CutwormsBlight
Harlequin bugsBlack rot
AphidsLeaf spot
WhitefliesPowdery Mildew
Flea beetlesDowny Mildew
Cabbage wormsDamping off
LoopersClubroot
Caterpillars
Maggots
Leaf miners
Moths

How to deal with Broccoli Pests & Diseases?

As you can see, getting rid of broccoli pests and diseases is pretty easy if you know what you are doing.

Now that you know how to get rid of broccoli plant diseases and pests in a proper manner, you may also want to check out my broccoli grower’s guide and my growing broccoli FAQ section.

Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broccoli

Own experience.

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