Mildew on spagetti squash - Knowledgebase Question

Shakopee, Mi
Question by pamatias
September 14, 2009
I have a good size spagetti squash plant with several squash, however, some of the leaves are getting white mildew looking. Is this going to harm the squash itself, or is this just something that happens as the season winds down?
Thank you!

Answer from NGA
September 14, 2009


What you describe sounds like powdery mildew and yes, it's quite common this time of year. It attacks plants most readily when daytime temperatures are warm and nights are cool. It means the season is winding down. It will eventually kill the plants but it won't harm the squash. You can harvest your squash when the rinds harden - when you cannot pierce the skin with your fingernail. If they do not harden before the vines die or the weather turns cold you can still harvest them, but they won't store well and you'll want to use them within a few weeks of harvest.

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