Crape Myrtle Mildew - Knowledgebase Question

Ladera Ranch, CA
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Question by caldean
October 9, 2002
How do you prevent or get rid of mildew if it forms on crape myrtle trees?


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Answer from NGA
October 9, 2002
Lagerstroemia (Crape Myrtle) can develop powdery mildew. It's a fungal disease that can be controlled with a lime-sulfur spray just before the buds open in the spring. Lime-sulfur (called Bordeaux Spray) is used on apple and other fruit trees to protect them from fungal diseases. Apply according to label directions to protect your Crape Myrtles next spring. As an added measure of control, be sure to rake and remove the leaves from beneath your trees this fall. Best wishes with your Crape Myrtle trees.

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