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POWDERY MILDEW

OVERVIEW

Powdery Mildew thrives in conditions where you wouldn’t typically find mildew. Instead of liking moist conditions, powdery mildew prefers dry environments. When it appears, it’s often thought to be dust or dirt and can be swept away with your finger – but it returns. It appears as light white or gray spots on the tops and bottoms of the leaves, stems, new growth, flowers and even fruit or vegetables.

SYMPTOMS

Plants infected with Powdery Mildew appear to be dusted with flour. It starts off as circular, powdery white spots which can appear on leaves, stems, and sometimes fruit. Powdery Mildew usually covers the upper part of the leaves but can also grow on the undersides. Young foliage is most susceptible to damage. the fungus may cause some leaves to break, twist, or become disfigured.

TREATMENT

In order to treat and manage powdery mildew, use any of the natural treatments listed below. The treatment selected should be added to a spray bottle and applied to the leaves of the affected plant for three consecutive days. If no results are shown after two weeks of completing the treatment and the disease continues to spread, you may try another one of the remedies listed below. Do not apply the treatment while the plant is receiving full sun, apply early in the morning or after sunset.

Chamomile Tea

1 cup of chamomile tea combined with 2 cups of water

Cinnamon

1 tablespoon of cinnamon combined with 1 liter of water

Garlic

5 cloves of garlic combined with 1 liter of water, place mixture in a blender for best results

Baking Soda

1 tablespoon of baking soda combined with 1 liter of water

Vinegar

1 tablespoon of vinegar combined with 1 liter of water

Milk

1 cup of milk combined with 1 cup of water

For More Advanced Cases

combine 800 ml of water with 200 ml of milk and 20 g of baking soda