What To Do About Recurrent Bacterial Wilt In Marketmore And Other Cucumbers. - Knowledgebase Question

Mt. Lakes, NJ
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Question by ppmd96
January 17, 2001
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 from NGA
January 17, 2001
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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