stem rot and powdery mildew issues
Hi all :)
I'm having a load of trouble with my jack b. little's this week. The past three days have brought high temperatures and evening thundershowers, perfect conditions for the dreaded powdery mildew. So with extreme trepidation I went out in to the garden this morning armed with a pair of shears, rubbing alcohol and hacked away at the spotty leaves.
I know from past experience that it's best to get them as soon as the spots form and be vicious about it. If you've got a generally healthy plant it will survive and continue to grow, if not more vigorously to replace the leaf loss.
But here's what I wasn't expecting- stem rot. The mildew was centered around one area that due to the fence gets hit by the sun last.
Here's a photo to show the area I mean:
I still have a few leaves to thin out but I wanted to get some advice before I continue to hack away.Has the mildew reached the stem? Is it another issue? No bugs from what I can tell...oh and I water daily in the early morning with an every other week fertilizing, good soil- little bit of compost at the beginning of the growing season but none since. Here is a shot of the rot (not the most in focus srry):
What do I do? I don't want to lose the 7-8 fertilized pumpkins on this vine!!