Rainy season is one of the most favorite season for plants and humans. Plant grows vigorously in the rainy season. In tropical regions, High temperature and humidity are present in the atmosphere and that is the most favorable condition for tropical plants to grow.
Especially farmers can plant fruit trees in July, August, and September. In these months India receives more than 50% of the total annual rainfall. Most of the farmers rely on rainfall to grow their crops like for doing rainfed rice cultivation in Bihar and Uttarpradesh.
Rainy season is also favorable for growing plants from cuttings or any means of vegetative propagation. You can easily grow Rose, Bougainvillea, Ficus, Money Plant, Hibiscus, Plumeria, Banyan, Portulaca (Desi variety), Euphorbia, Anjir, Kalanchoe, etc.
In 2020, I am more interested in growing vegetables and that’s why I am growing cucurbits and gourds like Bitter gourds, Pumpkins, Bottle gourds, and Cucumbers in this rainy season.
However, these hot and humid conditions also become a better home for pests and diseases to grow in the field as well as in your pot. Recently I noticed Mexican Bean beetle infestation in my Brinjal plants.
I have applied neem oil spray twice and it worked well. If you are reading this article and are connected to plants then you must be familiar with pest problems in this particular season.
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In this article, I will discuss ways to protect plants in the rainy season.
- Remove the excess water that gets accumulated in the pots after the rain shower. If you are a farmer then selects and construct appropriate irrigation channels with good drainage facilities.
- Keep the plants in a semi-shade that requires less amount of water to grow like Aloe vera, succulents or cactus plants to prevent excess water accumulation in the pot from the rain shower.
- Check the drainage holes in the pot for any blockage. If drainage holes in your plant pot seem blocked with root hairs or any material other than soil causing obstacle in the path of water then remove them immediately.
- Spray organic fungicides once in a week. If you are applying inorganic fungicides then you can spray Bavistine, Blitox, or any broad-spectrum fungicides @2gm per liter on the foliar parts of your plant.
- Do not add excessive fertilizers in the rainy season. Reduce the amount of fertilizer application in this season.
- You can use Cheetah insecticide or neem oil spray to control insects and pest infestations in your plants. Use 1ml per liter spray of Cheetah insecticide to spray on foliar parts of your plants.
- Maintain sanitization in the field and pots. Do not let the foliar parts like leaves or branches to touch the soil. It can cause infection in your plants.
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