trouble with delphinium - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Julia Warren
Standish, Mi
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Question by juj207
June 23, 2007
My delphinium has a white coating on them, it had it last year also.
You can't shake it off. The plant isn't dying but the white makes the plant look bad. Have no idea what it is or how to treat it.
please help and any info will be appreciated.
Thank you

Answer from NGA
June 23, 2007
What you describe sounds like the fungal disease called powdery mildew. The disease can develop under relatively dry conditions in spring and summer so long as the air is humid. Plants in shade tend to have more problems because that environment favors disease development and multiple disease cycles occur during the growing season. to control:

Avoid overcrowding plants.
Use resistant cultivars such as Blue Bird, Cameliard, Galahad, and King Arthur.
Destroy plant debris at the end of the season.

Fungicides will protect your delphinums before symptoms appear, but won't bring your plants back to health. Since this is an ongoing problem, plan on using protective sprays early next season. Safer Garden Fungicide (Ready To Use 0.4% sulfur) thoroughly sprayed over the entire plant should help it avoid powdery mildew.

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