The Q&A Archives: What To Do About Recurrent Bacterial Wilt In Marketmore And Other Cucumbers.

Question: I've had bacterial wilt every year with a variety of seedlings including marketmore. What can I do to avoid this problem in the future?

Answer: Bacterial wilt is most often spread by cucumber beetles, so controlling those should help control the wilt problem. Many gardeners avoid the beetles by excluding them with a floating row cover. Good garden crop rotation plus careful clean up of the garden each fall and prompt removal of any wilt-affected plants as they occur can help contain the disease. Also avoid working around the plants when they are damp as from dew. Last but not least, try to grow resistant varieties.

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