Pumpkin Leaves Turn Yellow, Brown Then Die. - Knowledgebase Question

Niskayuna, NY
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Question by agjohnson
July 14, 2000
My pumpkin plant looked great then the leaves, one at a time, turn yellow and then the edges become brown (looking almost like they were burned) and the brown creeps up the leaf until the whole leaf is brown. The bloosoms bloom then wilt, and die. HELP!! Same thing happened last year. Then the vines turned yellow at the base and worked its way to the end of the vine until the whole vine was yellow then dead.

Answer from NGA
July 14, 2000
Pumpkins are subject to a number of foliar problems and diseases. Unfortunately, based on your description I am unable to identify specifically which one it is. When growing pumpkins (and related plants such as cucumbers, melons and squash) it is very important to clean up all plant debris each fall, rotate your crops, and select disease resistant varieties. It is also important to control pests such as cucumber beetles which can help spread infections. You might try removing the affected leaves and avoid working on the plants when they are wet, in case it is just a fungal problem. Apart from that, there isn't much you can do once they are infected.

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