My yarrow has fungus :(

HSindleyJuly 4, 2012

Good morning,

We've been dealing with some extremely wet weather here in North Florida over the past few weeks with both tropical storm Debby & Beryl. After Beryl, I noticed that A LOT of my once beautiful bushy yarrow had died - in fact, there was only a small top 'layer' of leaves that hadn't yet turned brown. So I began cleaning out the dead leaves & found what looked like white cottony fungus growing where the stems meet the soil, as well as on top of the soil.

I cleaned it all out, cut off any leaves that had the 'fungus', added fresh soil to replace what I'd cleaned out and went on my merry way, thinking I had fixed the issue.

Well, the fungus is back again and I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions as to how I can get rid of the fungus - you can see it towards the right side of the pic I uploaded. I try to garden organically as much as possible (hence cleaning out the fungus rather than spraying with fungicide) - is there anything organic that I can do to get rid of the fungus? I'd rather not spray the plant, but I've had it for many years and will spray a fungicide if I have to, to save the plant. Should I just go ahead & spray it with something like neem oil to rid it of the fungus?

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denninmi(8a)

I've had tremendous success using medicated bath and body powder to treat plant diseases like this. I buy the generic version at the dollar store, it's about a fourth of the cost of the name brand. The active ingredients are Zinc oxide, and oils of eucalyptus, thyme, and menthol.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2012 at 1:44PM
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batyabeth

Ok, that's one I've never heard before! I'll ask......... you put the powder right on the plants and soil, or mix with water, or what? You've really got me curious - how did you ever get this idea?!?
I learn something new every day....

    Bookmark   July 7, 2012 at 3:07AM
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