We will talk about how to handle powdery mildew. If you grow squash, zucchini, watermelon, and other young plants, sometimes you see the presence of powdery mildew, a white plant leaf disease. It is a disease that is harmful to plants and must be removed from your plants. So how to get rid of these flour mushrooms? This is what we will review on this occasion.
We can treat plants in several ways. But what is clear is that if you just scream and don’t take action on your crop problems, then these plants will be at risk. So you need to take a stand to get rid of the powdery mildew, otherwise your efforts to harvest will be in vain. let’s know more about flour mushrooms.
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What is Powdery Mildew?
Actually, there are many types of powdery mildew which affect different plants. This difference is caused by different fungal spores, these fungi enter plants through the air or because they are splashed from the ground during the rainy season. Then, it attaches to the leaves of the plant.
Actually, the fungus alone is not harmful to plants, but once it sticks to the leaves of the plant, it will suck the nutrients from the plant. So, what happens to the nutritionally sucked leaves is yellowing, crunchy, dry and dead. This means that the powdery mildew has taken up all the nutrients in your plant.
Powdery mildew likes low light, and it also likes temperatures between 20 ° – 30 ° C (68 ° – 86 ° F) and humidity (over 95%.) If the temperature rises above 32 ° C (90 ° C) then this is Good news for you because some of the fungus spores die from the heat. Powdery mushrooms actually like heat, but if the heat increases a little it will kill the powdery mildew.
How to Prevent Powdery Mildew
This is what is important and becomes the core of our discussion, how to prevent powdery mildew in plants and how to treat it if it has attacked plants. If this disease is harmful to plants, then we must know how to get rid of it.
Don’t plant the plants too densely. This will prevent airflow and block sunlight throughout the plant, making it a big potential for powdery mildew
Keep the plant from shading as this causes the powdery mildew to move freely.
Clean all leaves and year-end crop residues, this is to prevent the passage of spores and keep them from being exposed to powdery mildew. Dead infected leaves should be burned or planted in soil away from the plant.
Also, get rid of the rope you use for plants, as they are likely to harbor spores.
Fruit and Vegetable Crops Prone to Powdery Mildew
- Fruit trees
Ornamental plants susceptible to powdery mildew
If your plant has been attacked by powdery mildew, then you must take steps to treat it. There is a mixture that you must mix and spray on the leaves.
The powdery mildew only operates on the surface of the leaves, so drugs or herbs that are sprayed are very effective at killing them.
How to get Rid and Treat Powdery Mildew
- 4 cups of water + 1/2 Tablespoon of Vinegar.
- Spray the underside of the leaves and top once a week.
- It’s really simple and it works to get rid of those annoying powdery mildew.
Why does vinegar spray work?
Indeed spraying vinegar is very simple but effective. The reason is very simple, this flour fungus cannot thrive and survive in wet conditions.
Why should vinegar, because it can change the condition of the water more dangerous for them. When the leaves are sprayed and wet then the mold spores will have problems, and if the wet is long, it will die because the vinegar contains an acid that can kill the powdery mildew membrane.
This mixture of the two things makes powdery mildew die.
Please mix water and vinegar in a spray bottle, you can take it whenever you see powdery mildew developing.
It only takes one minute to spray your entire zucchini or pumpkin plants. This is more effective than you having to prune the plants that produce more fruit for you.
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Milk Solution for Getting Rid of Powdery Mildew
Apart from using a vinegar solution, you can also use a milk solution. Use 60% water and 40% milk or cheese. Spray it on plant leaves once a week.
That’s what you have to do to save your Japanese cucumber plants from disease (powdery mildew). Do it patiently and make sure your plants are healthy again. If not, then in about 2 weeks your plants will die.