White fungus on jasmine

CharlycaraOctober 16, 2004

We have a white jasmine plant and after about 2 weeks we noticed a white fungus like growth all over the plant.WThe areas affected by this seem to be in very poor health. There have been no flowers on it since we got it home in late September. It is an inside plant.Any help would be appreciated.

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mehitabel(z6 MO)

Hi, Charlycara. Sounds like powdery mildew. This is the result of a plant being in a too-dim and too-airless place in the house. Jasmine need sun.

Spray your plant with a fungicide, Safer's fungicide is good. Or you can also use a spray of baking soda diluted in water. I think the formula is 1 tablspoon of baking soda to a gallon of water. Add a drop of dishwashing liquid as a wetting agent.

But you also have to move the plant to a better spot, nearer the sun and nearer a fan or a window that's opened now and then.

If you can stop the spread and give the plant a better spot, it should recover.

Good luck.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2004 at 2:58AM
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    Bookmark   October 22, 2004 at 8:10PM
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Hi Charlycara - did the solution work on the fungus? i had similar problems with two of my jasmine plants and one died. the other one is limping along. have to keep it indoors here in jersey during the winter!


    Bookmark   March 21, 2005 at 5:20PM
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jview(Z7a NY)

Charlycara, Are you familiar with mealy bug? At fist glance it looks more like a fungus than a bug. you might be able to get a picture of it on google. If that is what it is, then using denatured alcohol on a q-tip (probably several times) should get rid of them. Jerry

    Bookmark   March 22, 2005 at 12:23PM
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schiang68(z6 MA)

Thanks for the tip, Jerry. I have them on my sambac, but I didn't know what they were called. Rubbing alcohol seems to kill them pretty well, though I'm finding that I have to do several treatments to keep the stuff from coming back.

Check out the photo of the mealybug predator on this OSU link (photo 6). It looks more intimidating than the pest.

Here is a link that might be useful: OSU mealybug page

    Bookmark   July 19, 2005 at 5:42PM
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