The Problem

Powdery Mildew on Vegetables

Oidium sp.

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What is Powdery Mildew on Vegetables?

Powdery mildew is a fungus which spreads a white or ash-grey film over the upper and lower surfaces of the leaves of plants-usually the older leaves. Powdery mildew fungus favours high humidity and dry conditions. Water splash and air currents spread the spores of powdery mildew which grows on the surface of the leaf only. Powdery mildew is a common disease of roses, crepe myrtles, dahlias, zinnias, calendulas, sweet peas, cucurbits and vine crops. Spray regularly for control in warm and humid conditions.

What are the symptoms?

Appearance of a whitish film on leaves and buds. New growth is distorted and older leaves become blackened. Flower buds may fail to open.

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