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Powdery Mildew????????

Posted by eureka z8 SS11 CAHiDesert (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 8, 09 at 1:10

I just took my three AV out of my garden window a few days ago for a drink and a little fertilizer. I thought I noticed a powdery substance on two AV but I was moving quickly and didn't take the time to thoroughly investigate. Yesterday I checked on the plants and I do believe what I'm seeing is powdery mildew. I have never read a thing on this possibility. Anyone experienced this also? And how on earth do I treat the plants w/o getting the leaves wet? Do I use qtips and one of the Safer products?

Thanks for any help.

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RE: Powdery Mildew????????

Homemade remedy: Half a cup of water, add one tablespoon milk. Paint the leaves with this. Any affected blossoms should be removed since spores will infect other plants.


RE: Powdery Mildew????????

"And how on earth do I treat the plants w/o getting the leaves wet?"

It's a myth that you can't get African Violet leaves wet. Don't worry :-) Just try not to let water sit in the center crown and you'll be Ok.

RE: Powdery Mildew????????

I too get PM once in a while. I keep a can of Lysol spray in my plant supplies. Most advice says to spray above the plant and let it drift down, thus avoiding a cold spray. I make sure the affected area is thoroughly wetted. You could also spray into a container to get the liquid and 'paint' on with a q-tip. The blossoms will be marked if the spray gets on them.


RE: Powdery Mildew????????

  • Posted by eureka z8 SS11 CAHiDesert (My Page) on
    Mon, Mar 9, 09 at 3:10

Well alrighty then kids, thank you for the help. I guess I will try each suggestion on each plant. I carry a big box of powdered milk with my garden tools for outside use, just never thought to bring the idea inside. I had also never thought of trying Lysol on indoor plants, great idea.

Thanks all.


RE: Powdery Mildew????????

I experimented with powdered milk and it did not work. I experimented with powdered cream and it did work but make sure the powder is disolved or it will remain on the plant.

Lysol spray is very good as well.


RE: Powdery Mildew????????

The best thing you can do for your plants would be to increase air circulation around them. I keep a ceiling fan running 24/7 and an oscilating fan running when the lights are on.
Fred in NJ

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