Powdery mildew is a type of fungal disease that can infect many garden plants. It’s one of the easiest plant diseases to diagnose because its symptoms are very specific. Many variations of powdery fungi exist, but they all share similar symptoms such as:
– Leaf curling or blistering on leaves or flowers
– Leaf discoloration (leaves turn to yellow with small, green patches)
– Premature leaf drop
– Grayish to white powdery mats on leaves, stems, buds, flowers and young fruit
– Malformed fruits and flowers
The white powdery spots often affect the lower leaves the most, but they can still infect other plant parts. The spots will also grow bigger as the fungal disease spreads over the infected plants.
Gardeners really need to watch out for this plant disease especially since it can significantly reduce your yields. If you think your plants are showing some symptoms, then it is time for some countermeasures.
Here’s a tried-and-tested solution that you can easily make at home. You just need a gallon of water plus one tablespoon each of baking soda, vegetable oil, and dishwashing liquid. Mix in all the ingredients and put them in a spray bottle. Take note though, this doesn’t remove plants that are already affected by the disease, but you can help stop the spread using this DIY solution.
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