Yellow Squash and Powdery Mildew

barberberryfarm(8A)December 29, 2012

Has anyone who has experienced powdery mildew in their yellow squash beds found a variety that has a good resistence to it? I started out with Multi-pik and Super-pik which produced well but both got inundated with PM. I tried Cheetah last summer, but it didn't produce very well, but on the bright side I didn't get any PM. I've been hearing a lot of good things about Conqueror III and I'm going to try it this coming spring. Are there any other good producing varieties you are aware of that have a good resistence to PM and downy mildew? I live in central Alabama where the humidity is quite high in the summer.

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Someone on another blog who grows yellow squash in zone 8a suggested Gentry as well as Daisy May and Dixie. I think I'll also plant some Gentry to see how well it does as well.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 11:00AM
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I wish my squash and zuccs lived long enough to get powdery mildew -- the borers always get them first. My wife remembers her dad getting squash all season long outside of Atlanta. I only get three or four per plant before they're toast. I'd love to hear solutions that work around that.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2013 at 3:34PM
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mikru - I have the same problem with borers. Got me the first year, and I was so frustrated that I haven't tried again.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2013 at 7:28PM
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dancetrancer -- I'm going to give it once last try this year, with this tip:

"Or just wipe the stems every five days vigorously with a damp cloth and wipe away the eggs. An Auburn University researcher found this tip in a farming book from the 1890's, when even now-ancient remedies like BT were still half a century in the future! Wiping with BTK or insecticidal soap should be even better."

I found that here:

    Bookmark   January 7, 2013 at 1:38PM
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Last year I had a major SVB outbreak. They didn't touch the Cocozelle zucchini or the Wood's Profilic bush scallop. (Nor the C. moschata butternut.)

I had a lot of squash plants, though, so it could merely be a matter of preference that they went after the acorn and buttercup squashes. The buttercups (Bon Bon, C. pepo) had rooted along the vines so they survived me cutting the main stem and removing it, but it didn't live up to it's potential and only produced one fruit per plant.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2013 at 3:02PM
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Thanks alabamanicole. I'm trying Ronde de nice and Romanesco zuccs this year, as I read somewhere on the internet that people have had luck with them against SVBs. I'm ordering my seeds, so I've been researching SVBs a lot over the past week. Apart from these small things, I haven't found much.

I keep checking this hoping an experienced gardener will write in with the magic solution!

    Bookmark   January 7, 2013 at 5:05PM
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Thanks MiKru!

    Bookmark   January 7, 2013 at 9:34PM
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