Pink rot is a disease that effects palm trees. It is caused by the growth of a fungus, typically on trees that are not properly planted and maintained. Pink rot can be prevented by ensuring that the soil drains well, the tree gets enough sunlight, and giving the tree the proper fertilization it needs to be healthy. If a palm tree has pink rot, there are fungicide treatments which can kill the pink rot fungus effecting the tree. However, some opt to simply remove the tree, as it can be difficult to completely get rid of.
- Pink rot fungus, also known as Gliocladium blight, is a palm tree disease that infects damaged or weakened palms.
- You won’t see a healthy, robust palm tree planted in just the right place with pink rot fungus. Called an opportunistic fungus, pink rot likes to invade a plant that is already weakened by poor conditions or injuries
- Pruning away old leaves too soon creates a wound that serves as an entry point for disease. Remove leaf bases during warm, dry weather and only if they come away easily.
“The first step in treating the disease is to correct the stress condition that brought it on.”