Powdery mildew

jacqueinthegorge(USDA 8 / Sunset 5)September 20, 2013

Struggled with it all summer and never really got a handle on it. Used several home remedies which barely worked, then a sulfur-based spray which definitely helped but I think the pm was too entrenched by the time I started the sulfur spray. All my plants survived and are flowering, but have plenty of mildew. And now it's starting to rain here, so I'm sure the plants will die down soon. Next year I will do prophylactic spraying. Is there anything I should do to the tubers after digging them?

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CCvacation

I'm in the exact same boat, Jacque! Very frustrated that all of the numerous home remedies failed, and really didn't want to resort to commercial sprays.

Next year, I will start spraying fungicides nice and early before the dratted powdery mildew takes over. The spores are probably all over the soil surfaces from this season, and after digging will be all through it. I doubt treating the tubers will do anything to slow the PM.

Dr. Hammett, an experienced grower from New Zealand, recently wrote this...

"By the time you "see"powdery mildew on the upper surface of leaves you already have a massive infection that is difficult to control. Infection starts on the underside of leaves and goes unnoticed. MBC is the best replacement for Benlate. It is sold in New Zealand as Carbendazim. It is systemic. Spray long before you expect to see infection, so that the pathogen does not get a toe hold."

    Bookmark   September 21, 2013 at 11:51PM
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jacqueinthegorge(USDA 8 / Sunset 5)

Thanks CC, I also plan on prophylactic spraying, I guess this is a common problem so until a magic bullet is invented, empathy will have to do!

    Bookmark   September 22, 2013 at 10:43PM
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