This disease causes, especially those grown in a , to wilt, topple over and die. Watering soil and with Cheshunt compound prevents the disease, as does dressing with a thiram dressing.
Lack of ventilation during misty and clamp spells is the most frequent cause of the trouble, which arises from a fungus growth especially attacking seedlings which are too crowded. By sparseand thinning at an early stage to avoid overcrowding damping off can to a great extent be prevented. Nothing can be done with infected seedlings.