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Mildew on Parsley and Lovage

Posted by dancinglemons 7B (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 11, 11 at 18:19

Hello all,

I've been growing herbs for years and never had any disease problems until this year. My parsley and lovage plantings seem to have either powdery or downy mildew. The infection is pretty bad on both. I've searched the web for photos of what the mildews look like on each plant but not much is available. I sprayed them with a sulpher spray - no results. I am considering Greencure (potassium bicarb).

Anyone have any ideas??

Thanks,
DL


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RE: Mildew on Parsley and Lovage

This is what my herb book says about powdery mildew...

"A common fungal disease occurring in hot and dry conditions. Prevent by watering during dry spells.

If your plant does suffer, destroy all affected leaves before spraying with elder"

"Elder leaves have fungicidal properties and may be useful against mildew and black spot diseases"

I haven't come across elder leaf spray before, but you can make your own.


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RE: Mildew on Parsley and Lovage

I would be tempted to either ignore it or cut the plants back and water well to encourage new growth.

All parts of elder other than the ripe fruit are poisonous. The toxic agent is hydro-cyanic acid and spraying it around the garden is not something I would recommend.


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RE: Mildew on Parsley and Lovage

Pictures would help us to ID what the problem might be. They are very different diseases, thrive in different types of environments, and should be treated differently.


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RE: Mildew on Parsley and Lovage

You can also try spraying with 1/3 milk and 2/3 water with a drop of dish soap.


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