Rotting Lettuce Plants – Managing Lettuce With Soft Rot

By January 19, 2018Articles
By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Soft rot is a group of troublesome bacterial diseases that cause problems for gardeners around the world. Soft rot of lettuce is disheartening and extremely difficult to control. If your lettuce is rotting, there is no cure. However, you can take steps to minimize the problem and keep it from happening in the future. Read on to learn more. About Rotting Lettuce Plants In order to gain a better understanding, it helps to recognize the most common symptoms of lettuce with soft rot disease. Soft rot of lettuce begins with small, reddish-brown, water-soaked spots at the tips of leaves and between veins. As the spots enlarge, the lettuce wilts and soon becomes soft and discolored, often affecting the entire head. When lettuce is rotting, the collapsed vascular tissue causes slimy leaves with an unpleasant, putrid odor. What Causes Soft Rot in

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