Diseases of Holiday Cacti: Schlumbergera and Hatiora

  • Robert L. WickEmail author
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Part of the Handbook of Plant Disease Management book series (HPDM)


The most important diseases of Schlumbergera truncata, the Thanksgiving cactus, are Fusarium basal stem rot, Phytophthora root and stem rot, Bipolaris blight, and bacterial soft rot. Impatiens necrotic spot virus (INSV) and Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) are a problem because infected plants cannot be sold. Hatiora gaertneri (Regel) Barthlott, the Easter cactus is relatively free of important diseases except for Fusarium stem rot which is very destructive to Hatiora.


Fusarium oxysporum Bipolaris cactivora Phytophthora nicotianae Pectobacterium carotovora Pythium INSV TSWV 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stockbridge School of AgricultureUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA

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