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Ornamental Plants

Managing termites in ornamentals (Rose, chrysanthemum, marigold) and avenue trees: 

Major damaging termite species in rose is Microtermes obesi. The attack starts under dry soil conditions and mainly feed on the roots and spread to stem and damage bark in case of severe infestations. Affected plants wilt, dry and die consequently. Most avenue trees inclusive of even neem are subjected to varying degree of termite attack.

Infested rose root syems                         Infested marigold root        Infeste chrysanthemum root


  • Mound elimination, deep ploughing to destroy termite colonies.

  • Timely irrigation prevents pest buildup.

  • Drenching soil with chlorphyriphos 0.05% or malathion 0.1% or soil may be mixed with fipronil granules (0.3%) @ 25kg/ha. Methyl parathion 2% dust can be tried in severe infestation. 

Termite infestation in fruit and avenue trees: a) Jamun; b) Amla, c) Banana, d) Teak, e) Eucalyptus, f) Neem

Last Updated: 27-01-2021

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