Plant protection done sensibly
Many gardeners want healthy fruits and vegetables or rich flowering plants. Unfortunately, they don't achieve the same success every year.
Every year - one of a kind
Each year has its own climatic history and thus plants and their diseases and pests develop differently from year to year. Sometimes, despite taking good care, a pest infestation occurs and pesticides need to be applied. To minimise their use, a number of measures are taken to prevent disease or pest infestation and to reduce the use of pesticides.
Crop protection using the example of roses
When selecting a rose bush in the nursery, pay attention to disease-susceptible and resistant varieties. In addition to expert advice in the nursery, trade journals or the Internet also provide valuable information about suitable varieties. Good orientation is also provided by quality seals, such as the award of the ADR mark. These varieties are characterised by healthy and resilient growth.
The soil should be permeable to allow the rose, with its deep roots, ideal growth. A sunny but not too-hot location is optimal for thriving. Fertilisation that is well-balanced and tailored to the needs of roses not only promotes healthy growth, but also vigorous flowering. In addition, if withered flowers are removed regularly, fungi such as grey mould have less basis for reproduction.
Water with care! Especially in summer, our roses need regular watering. They must therefore never be allowed to dry out. It's important not to unnecessarily wet the leaves when watering, but to pour directly from below onto the roots. This reduces the risk of fungal infections.
Integrated pest management: In horticulture, the following measures are differentiated between:
- plant breeding measures, e.g. resistant or cultivation of resistant varieties
- cultivation measures, such as selection of location, fertilisation
- biological measures, e.g. use of beneficial agents
- biotechnological measures, e.g. traps, glue rings, pheromone, traps
- thermal measures, e.g. burning off weeds
- mechanical measures, such as weed chopping, picking up caterpillars