Powdery mildew is a fungal disease that can infect anything from vegetable gardens to rose gardens – almost no plant is safe. However, if your plants to wind up with a nasty case of this disease, you don’t have to worry – you can take care of the affected plant without your other plant species being threatened. There are a variety of species of powdery mildew, but the symptoms all look pretty much the same.
Kick Powdery Mildew to the Curb
What to look for
It’s not hard to spot. White or gray powdery spots will pop up and may cover most of the leaf surface. It’s also found on plant stems, flowers and even fruit. Luckily, the symptoms of powdery mildew are typically worse than the actual damage. In fact, it’s very rare that powdery mildew is fatal to a plant. Advanced stages can cause plant your plant to turn yellow, curl or turn brown and eventually cause the plant to defoliate early.
How to Keep Powdery Mildew Away
Mildew loves dry foliage, high humidity, low light and moderate temperatures. To avoid or minimize the risk of infection, take these steps:
- Provide adequate air circulation by not crowding plants.
- Place plants in areas with sufficient light – about six hours or more each day. Minimize shade and move things that may keep light from reaching your plants.
- Don’t over-fertilize. New growth is more vulnerable. You may want to consider applying a slow-release fertilizer that provides more controlled growth.
The best way to get rid of mildew is to prevent it. Pure 3-Way and Kapow are fantastic preventive agent for mildew, and can help keep your mildew problem from getting worse.