A gardening website has published an article on how to control root knot nematodes. Nematodes are small roundworms that live in the soil. They can be seen only by a microscope. The nematodes attack cacti roots, causing growths to appear on them. They prevent the roots from functioning. The article recommends preventative treatments, such as using only soil that has been sterilized, and cleaning used containers before potting. There are chemicals that can be applied as well. They are called nematicides.
- Nematodes are microscopic roundworms that can damage plants, leaving them susceptible to bacteria and disease.
- Prevention is the best strategy for protecting your cacti from root knot nematodes.
- Inadequate water and nutrients can cause cacti to become yellowed and shriveled.
“The best method for root knot nematode control is prevention. If you’re planting your cacti in containers, always use new, sterile potting medium and clean any used containers thoroughly.”