How to cure? - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by diedos1788
May 19, 2010
My pumpkin has contracted a disease that has spread throughout the entire plant. The leaves are dying one by one. some parts of the leaf is turning yellow and drying up. Silver spores also appear. What is this and is there a way to cure it?

Answer from NGA
May 19, 2010
It sounds like bacterial wilt, where the entire plant is affected. You can diagnose this by cutting one of the stems and looking at a cross section of the vine. If it is bacterial wilt, you'll see thread-like strands of bacterial ooze. Touch the two cut ends of the vine together and then pull them apart. If you see strands, it's bacterial wilt. You'll want to remove the entire plant from the garden and remember to plant something other than squash in that garden spot. If you do not see the ooz, it's a different fungal disease. Could be powdery mildew. Whichever disease it is, I don't think you can save your pumpkin plant. It's early enough in the season to plant healthy new plants in another part of your garden. If you plant right away, you'll still have time for a harvest.

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