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How to Combat Powdery Mildew

Gardening Tips

Needless to say, no mother wants to see anything bad to happen to their children. Similarly, a grower will definitely want to keep their plants away from any kind of harm as much as possible. So, as a grower, it should be your sworn duty to protect your plants from anything that has the potential to harm them. With that said, there are a lot of details that you have to pay attention to when it comes to cultivating a healthy plant and one of them is the possibility of an infection. There are different kinds of infections in plants, but the most widespread are powdery mildew which is why it will be the focus of this article.

First and foremost, what is this “powdery mildew”? Since it’s pretty widespread, you actually might’ve encountered one already! The basic appearance of a powdery mildew is a white or gray powder-like substance located on top of a leaf. In general, powdery mildew affects flowering plants and fruit-bearing trees or shrubs both indoors and outdoors.

So, where does it come from? To make it sound intense (but simple), powdery mildew is an air-borne infection that comes from a variety of fungi.Powdery mildew spreads widely in warm and dry climates but they have also been observed to appear after long and wet winters which almost makes them available everywhere!Once these spores get their way into your garden, they are more likely to attack the younger plants first. Like an infection, it will then spread over the whole plant including stems, buds, and leaves!

As a grower, you really have to watch out for this nasty mildew as it can affect your plant in a number of ways. Once it spread to your plant, it will hinder photosynthesis which will cripple your plants and stun their growth. Not only will your plants starve, it will also affect the efficiency of the plant to allow itself to grow. Aside from this, the buds will start to smell damp and will cause it to exhibit black specks. If left alone, the powdery mildew will turn your plants yellow, then brown and will eventually cause it wither and die!

Do not fret, however. Alarming does it sound, there are various ways on how the mother can take care of their children from this atrocious infection!

Firstly, prevention is always better than the solution. When potting your plants, make sure to give them room as a crowded grow room tends to attract the infectious spores. Watering them right and giving them enough light will also prevent this from happening. For indoor plants, you may opt to invest in a UVC light together with proper ventilation which will both prevent the infection from happening.

However, if your plant does get an infection, you can always use a good fungicide but it may take some time. This may not be applicable to heavily infested plants, though, they will need to be trimmed first before the fungicide can work. If you find your plant to be filled with the powdery mildew, you can remove the really infested ones and separate them from the plant.

But what if you don’t have a fungicide and you’re not in a position to get one? Well, we got you covered! Thankfully there are things you can use in your kitchen to help combat the infection. Without further ado, you will need either of the following (meaning you don’t need exactly everything): organic apple cider vinegar, baking soda,neem oil(sesame oil or fish oil would work as well), milk and finally a spray bottle. Once you have either of these, follow the instructions below:

For the apple cider vinegar:

-          Mix 2 teaspoons of it with per quart of water

-          Place solution in the spray bottle

-          Spray infected area

For the baking soda:

-          Mix ½ tablespoon baking soda with per quart of water

-          Place solution in the spray bottle

-          Spray infected area

For neem oil, sesame oil or fish oil:

-          Simply spray them on infected area

For the milk:

-          Create a solution with 40% milk and 60% water

-          Place solution in the spray bottle

-          Spray infected area*

*The solution can also apply with bright light to act as a preventive measure because of the milk proteins.

Infections are nasty things that can really ruin a crop. It’s important to be aware of these in order to achieve the best out of your crops, and being a grower, you want nothing else than to see your plants grow in the best environment! Keep them healthy and they shall bring you joy once their time comes!

 


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