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Mildew on poppy foliage

Posted by onederw 10 SSZ 21 (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 6, 13 at 10:51

Okay. . . the big beautiful Drama Queen poppies are blooming (yaaay, Annie's!!), but the foliage is ugggg-leeeee. It seems to be beset by what I think is powdery mildew, and even though it doesn't seem to be affecting the blooms, I wonder what might be done to prevent it next time. (I have no expectation of being able to remedy the situation for this bloom season.) Anyone have experience with poppy mildew? Is this just something to put up with?


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RE: Mildew on poppy foliage

The flowers are beautiful!

Next season, spray the poppies prior to the mildew appearing as it much easier to prevent than control. You can use neem oil or milk/water (part milk/part water). You can even use neem oil spray now if you'd like.
Mildew is very common in our zone 10 especially with very humid springs. I'm spraying almost all my annual plants once a week with a milk solution to hopefully prevent problems.


RE: Mildew on poppy foliage

  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Tue, Apr 9, 13 at 0:33

Poppies mildew. They are fairly ephemeral and don't much care about their foliage once they get the flowers going. It's all about creating that next generation of seeds.

RE: Mildew on poppy foliage

Sometimes if you plant them farther apart you can avoid some of the mildew problems. Otherwise, you can spray with a fungicide, but I don't think it's worth it. I plant the poppies behind other tall plants to hide the foliage.

Love Drama Queen!

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