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Is this mosaic virus on my pumpkin plants?

Posted by jbrice virginia (My Page) on
Sat, Aug 2, 08 at 21:54

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I am a first time grower. Accidentally, with a "volunteer" pumpkin patch. it is in a pretty bad spot but I thought that I would just let nature take its course and see what happened.

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Also, I know the pictures are a little hard to see, but does anyone know if these are aphids?

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I cut off all leaves that had these bugs on them. was that a bad idea? i am basically "winging it". thanks for your help in advance.


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RE: Is this mosaic virus on my pumpkin plants?

No it is not a mosaic virus. Mosaic viruses will make your leaves deformed.That is just a normal pattern on some squash leaves.

Those bugs look like they could be aphids. If saw that many on a leaf I probably would have just cut it off too.

Oh and I see you have a nice looking pumpkin growing in the second picture.

I think you will be please with that plant, volunteers always seem to grow the best (for me at least).


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RE: Is this mosaic virus on my pumpkin plants?

I really appreciate your input. I was pretty worried, and to be honest, still am. I don't know much about growing pumpkins but I do know that aphids can do serious harm...right? I am so excited about the pumpkins that have started that I would be pretty upset if they got "sick" and died on me! A few of the back leaves have been effected by them but over all the plant looks good.


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