In order to be able to prevent powdery mildew from infecting your plants, you should have a good idea of how to recognize it. Powdery mildew appears as splotches of white or gray on the leaves and stems of your plants. It typically causes the surface of your plant’s leaves to turn powdery, but can also affect the lower leaf surface, stems, flowers, and buds.Powdery mildew causes your plants to be stressed and weak. It can also cause leaves to fall prematurely.
The Fight Against Powdery Mildew
Powdery mildew fungi begin producing spores in the spring. These spores are carried to your plants by wind, insects and water. Some conditions that can lead to the growth and spread of powdery mildew are:
- Dampness or high humidity
- Crowded plantings
- Poor air circulation
If you find that your plants have become infected, be sure to take the following steps:
- Remove and destroy all infected plant parts
- Get the air circulating by thinning and pruning your plants
- Avoid fertilizing until the problem is fixed. Powdery mildew loves young growth
- Avoid watering plants from above
- Apply a fungicide. Pure 3-Way is perfect for bringing your plants back to health after a powdery mildew episode. With the use of natural ingredients, including lemongrass oil, Pure 3-Way is able to get rid of diseases and pests without harming your loved ones. Once your plants have been treated, be sure to use Kapow on your plants to keep the diseases and bugs away!