Most Common Onion Pests & Diseases
You have problems with onion pests and diseases in your garden and want to get proper advice on how to control them?
Great! This article is exactly for you since I will show you easy but yet effective ways how to get rid of onion pests and plant diseases.
|Pest||How to control it|
|Leafminers||Leafminers are quite common pests when growing onions. You can get rid of leafminers using insecticidal soap or other pesticides from the garden center.|
|Thrips||Thrips may also do great damage to onion plants. Thus, make sure to inform yourself on how to get rid of thrips on your garden plants.|
|Maggots||Maggots may also be present when growing onions at home. Hence, also get some tips and tricks on how to get rid of maggots.|
|Onion fly||Onions flies can also do significant damage to onion plants. You can control onion flies by using neem oil or insecticidal soap.|
|Bulb mites||Bulb mites may also try to feed on onion plants. You can get rid of them using insecticidal soap or other pesticides.|
|Bugs||There are also many bug species that will populate the soil when you grow onions. You can control those bugs using diatomite or pesticides from the garden center.|
|Disease||How to control it|
|Plant rust||Plant rust is a quite common issue when growing onions at home. Hence, make sure to get some information on how to control plant rust.|
|Mold||Mold may also occur on onion plants. Apart from improving air circulation, you should also get additional tips on how to control plant mold.|
|Wilt||Wilt often occurs when you don’t offer high-quality soil to your plants. Hence, make sure to add some fertilizer and improve soil conditions in general to control wilt in your garden.|
|Damping-off||Damping-off often happens to onion seedlings if you don’t provide good germination conditions. Thus, you can prevent damping-off by improving soil and lighting conditions for onion seedlings.|
|Leaf blight||Leaf blight is another common issue when growing onion. You can get rid of this disease by using fungicides from the garden center.|
|Basal rot||Basal rot may also do great damage to onion plants. You can get rid of this fungal disease by using fungicides. If those fungicides don’t help, just get rid of infected plants to avoid the spread of basal rot in your garden.|
|Smut||Although rather rare, smut may also become a problem when growing onions. You can control smut by using fungicides from the garden center.|
|Purple blotch||Purple blotch may be another issue when growing onions at home. You can get rid of this disease using conventional fungicides.|
|Bulb rot||Bulb rot can also greatly lower your onion yields. Once you spot bulb rot, get rid of infected plants to avoid the spread of this plant disease in your garden.|
|Yellow dwarf||Yellow dwarf is a viral disease and it is therefore impossible to get rid of it with the help of pesticides or fungicides. Instead, you just need to remove infested plants to avoid the spread of yellow dwarf in your garden.|
|Downy mildew||Downy mildew is a fungal disease and you can therefore get rid of it by just using a conventional fungicide from the store.|
Onion Pests & Diseases – Summary List
|Bulb mites||Downy mildew|
How to deal with Onion Pests & Diseases?
Now that you know how to control onion diseases and pests in a proper manner, you may also want to check out my onion grower’s guide and my growing onion FAQ section to get further information about growing onions at home in a perfect manner.