Tea disease - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Mimi Lilly
Port Saint Lucie, Fl
Question by luxio
March 18, 2010
Hello! I recently bought a Tea plant, and it had powdery mildew. What should I do, I probably sholden't spray it. Is there any old traditional way to cure it? It's probably only a foot and a half.


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Answer from NGA
March 18, 2010

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I suspect crowded conditions and too much shade is where your tea plant picked up the fungal spores. In the case of powdery mildew, you can actually inhibit infection with periodic strong sprays of water to dislodge mildew spores (not so strong as to damage the plant.) Some people have had good luck with pesticides containing neem, a plant extract. You can also try using a homemade baking soda spray--mix 1 teaspoon baking soda per quart of water; add 1/4 tsp mild soap to help it stick to the leaves. Apply this once a week, and hose down plants between sprayings. Hope this helps!

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