Could it be fungus? - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by txtransplant
August 19, 2009
What causes the leaves of healthy, flurishing plants, tomatoes, green beans and cucumbers, to turn whitish and over the course of time kill the entire plant? This is the second year this has happened and I really need to get it under control.

Answer from NGA
August 19, 2009


What you describe sounds like a fungal disease called powdery mildew. To reduce additional infections, avoid overhead watering to help reduce the relative humidity. Remove and destroy all infected plant parts (leaves, etc.). Selectively prune overcrowded plant material to help increase air circulation. This helps reduce relative humidity and infection. If cultural controls fail to prevent disease buildup, or if the disease pressure is too great, an application of a fungicide may be necessary. These include: sulfur, neem oil (Rose Defense, Shield-All, Triact), triforine (Ortho Funginex), or potassium bicarbonate (Kaligreen, First Step) Chemicals are most effective when combined with cultural controls. Best wishes with your garden.

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