Most Common Collard Green Pests & Diseases

You need help to control collard pests and diseases in your garden?

Stick with me since I will show you easy ways how to get rid of collard green pests and diseases in the following chapters.

Collard Pests

PestHow to control it
AphidsAphids are quite annoying companions when growing collard greens. Hence, make sure to get information on how to get rid of aphids.
Harlequin bugHarlequin bugs may try to feed on collard plants. You can get rid of harlequin bugs by using insecticidal soap or by spraying neem oil onto the leaves of your plants.
Cabbage wormsCabbage worms can do great damage to collard. You can keep away cabbage worms by using insecticidal soap or other pesticides.
ArmywormsArmyworms are also quite common when you plant collard. You can deter armyworms by using diatomite or insecticidal soap.
MaggotsMaggots can do significant damage to collard plants. Hence, make sure to inform yourself about how to get rid of maggots in your garden.
LoopersLoopers and caterpillars are also quite common collard pests. Thus, make sure to get some information on how to control caterpillars and loopers.
MothsMoths may also populate collard plants. You can deter moths by spraying your plants with neem oil or using insecticidal soap.
CutwormsCutworms may also try to feed on collard. Hence, make sure to get some information on how to control cutworms.
Flea beetlesFlea beetles can slow down the growth of collard plants. You can control flea beetles by using insecticidal soap that you can get from the garden center.
NematodesNematodes may hurt the roots of collard plants. You can get rid of nematodes using diatomite or insecticidal soap.
ThripsThrips may also do significant damage to collard plants. Hence, also make sure to get tips and tricks on how to control thrips.

Collard Diseases

DiseaseHow to control it
Black rotBlack rot is a serious plant disease. Once it is present, there is no cure for it. You should just remove infested collard plants so that black rot will not be able to spread in your garden.
Leaf spotLeaf spot is a quite common problem on collard plants. Hence, make sure to learn how to get rid of leaf spot.
AnthracnoseAnthracnose sometimes also occurs on collard plants. You can cure this plant disease by using fungicides which you can get from the garden center.
Downy mildewDowny mildew is also quite common on collard plants. You can get rid of it by spraying vinegar onto the leaves of your plants.
Damping offDamping-off often occurs if you don’t provide good germination conditions for collard plants. Hence, to prevent damping-off, make sure that you provide high-quality soil to your plants and that you also don’t water your plants too often.
MoldYou can get rid of plant mold by watering your plants less often and by assuring good air circulation. You should get even more information on how to control plant mold.
RustRust may also slow down the growth of collard plants. Hence, make sure to inform yourself on how to get rid of plant rust.
Mosaic virusMosaic virus is pretty hard to control. Once it is present, make sure to remove infested collard plants from your garden to avoid the spread of this serious plant disease.

Collard Pests & Diseases – Summary List

PestsDiseases
CutwormsPlant mold
Cabbage wormsRust
ArmywormsBlack rot
MothsLeaf spot
LoopersMosaic virus
NematodesDowny mildew
Flea beetlesDamping-off
Harlequin bugsAnthracnose
Aphids
Thrips
Maggots

How to deal with Collard Pests & Diseases?

As you can see, dealing with collard pests and diseases is not difficult if you know what you are doing.

If you want to get even more information on how to grow collard at home, also make sure to check out my collard grower’s guide and my growing collard greens FAQ section.

Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collard_(plant)

Own experience.

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