St. Paul, Minn. (January 1, 2001) - Ok, so houseplants don’t get the flu as we know it, but the winter months can make them more susceptible to a variety of diseases. To keep indoor plants healthy, following are some tips offered up by plant pathologists, scientists who specialize in diseases affecting plants.
Plants have been grown in homes for several thousand years, but not without a few problems, states plant pathologist Cindy Ash of the American Phytopathological Society. “Since plants didn't evolve in our homes, they aren't adapted to the environmental conditions that occur there, especially during the winter heating season.” She notes, however, that there are a few simple things that you can do to keep your houseplants green and growing.
The subject of this month’s feature story on the APS website is diseases affecting houseplants. For more information, visit APSnet. The American Phytopathological Society (APS) is a nonprofit, professional scientific organization dedicated to the study and control of plant diseases, with 5,000 members worldwide.