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Powdery Mildew
April 28, 2012
11:49 pm
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Lajoda
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I have a few specks of Powdery Mildew on my summer squash leaves. Any suggestions for getting rid of it? I water at night, could that be a contributing factor?

Thanks in advance,

Laura

April 29, 2012
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I mix up 2 Tablespoons baking soda, a few drops of dish soap, water in a gallon spray bottle and go at it. Spray both sides of leaves and make sure to spray again after it rains. Clears it up in about a week for me.

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April 29, 2012
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Thanks little bird! Going to give that a try for sure.

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May 2, 2012
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Watering at night can add to it, if you are spraying down the whole plant. (getting the leaves wet can attribute to disease if they are damp overnight) Is there a way that you can just water at the base of the plants and not get the leaves wet?

 

 I have used soaker hoses before during the day and they can help a lot, but you have to make sure the hose where the water is coming out is pointed towards the soil and not up towards the leaves. I normally only use the soaker hoses if it is a bad drought or something to give plants and extra boost. I had them under my landscape beds at my old house.

 

If it is just a few specks, the baking soda spray should help. If it was a ton of leaves, I might suggest trying a fungicide if you can. I had powdery mildew on my crepe myrtles and they gave it to my roses and then to my rose of sharon (all were close to each other in the garden) and I used the baking soda spray faithfully and reapplyed after it rained and it helped tremendously!

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June 9, 2012
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Has anyone heard of using diluted milk for powdery mildew? I saw something on Pinterest …thought I had pinned it now i can’t find it. Maybe I was dreaming.

June 10, 2012
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I wasn’t dreaming! I found two sites that said to use 1 part milk to 9 parts water and spray the plants. It also said skim milk was probably best (even though  whole would do) because you didn’t have to worry about it smelling.

I knew if I looked long enough I would find it!

June 10, 2012
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You can also use whey to spray on the leaves.

June 10, 2012
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Thank you all for the great advice on powdery mildew.  Last year my zucchini plants were covered with mildew and I hadn’t a clue what to do about it.  If this happens again this year I’ll certainly try your tried and true remedies.  Many thanks. 

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