HPIPM:Color Banding

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Author: Mary E. Burrows, Bill Grey, Alan Dyer, Jeff Stein, and Ned Tisserat

Kingdom: Other damage agents
Phylum: Other damage agents
Class: Other damage agents
Order: Abiotic
Family: Other abiotic damage
Common Names

cold injury (low temperature), freeze damage





Color banding of leaves may occur soon after emergence or during early growth. The problem is more prevalent during periods of warm days with cool nights.

Key Symptoms

  • Bright yellow bands alternate with normal green tissue on leaves.
  • Banding may be related to cultivar


Color banding may occur when cold or frosted tissue is exposed to bright sunlight or by surface soil heat. It is most common on young seedlings but may also occur during early growth.

Management Approaches

Plants normally grow out of the damage.

The information herein is supplied with the understanding that no discrimination is intended and that listing of commercial products, necessary to this guide, implies no endorsement by the authors or the Extension Services of Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming or Montana. Criticism of products or equipment not listed is neither implied nor intended. Due to constantly changing labels, laws and regulations, the Extension Services can assume no liability for the suggested use of chemicals contained herein. Pesticides must be applied legally complying with all label directions and precautions on the pesticide container and any supplemental labeling and rules of state and federal pesticide regulatory agencies. State rules and regulations and special pesticide use allowances may vary from state to state: contact your State Department of Agriculture for the rules, regulations and allowances applicable in your state and locality.

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