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NewbieGardenLover
May 30, 2020 10:01 AM CST
New to this wonderful world of gardening. But some of my babies are dying! If anyone can help I would appreciate it very much!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 30, 2020 10:56 AM CST
Welcome!

It looks like you are growing your zucchini in some sort of container. How big is it? How hot has it been? Did this problem show up with hot weather? How damp are the plants? Have you put your hand down into the soil on a hot day to feel how hot the soil is by the plant roots?

Can you post photos of the entire plant and pot?
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NewbieGardenLover
May 30, 2020 11:22 AM CST
It has not been very hot here. This problem has been spreading and I am not sure why. High today is 70's, but it did get in th 80's a few days in the past 2 weeks. I reached my hand in the soil like you said and it is nice and cool. It is a small raised bed garden I put together from old fence boards. The organic soil had fungus flies and I have been using a 1:8 peroxide:water mix every 3 days, but have not been watering deeply as it is had to find peroxide these days.
Thank you so much for your help!!!!
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NewbieGardenLover
May 30, 2020 1:45 PM CST
Do you think it may need fertilizer?
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Altheabyanothername
May 30, 2020 2:25 PM CST
I think you may have some type of blight. Not an expert on zuchini. For starters all the leaves with tan should be removed and disposed of in a bag in the trash. That will also get air to circulate around the bottom. The tan leaves are not doing anything for the plant. It appears there are good green ones. Hydrogen peroxide mixed in water can not hurt, might help. I have not grown any vegetables in many years, just flowers. I am sorry to not be of more help.



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NewbieGardenLover
May 30, 2020 2:45 PM CST
Thank you bunches for taking the time to reply! I really appreciate your help :)
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 30, 2020 2:56 PM CST
Fungus gnats need wet soil to survive. I wouldn't use the peroxide/water on my plants. You may be killing the gnat larvae but you are also burning the roots.
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Name: Sharon Rose
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
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Altheabyanothername
May 30, 2020 3:19 PM CST
@Daisyl in picture 3 provided I think there is white fuzz at the bottom of the stems. My guess is blight but I could be wrong...not an expert. But hydrogen peroxide mixed with water helps plant rot and blight. Actually for severe cases people use it straight out of the bottle on plants..I think to start mix it with water then go stronger. It does not burn the roots it converts to oxygen. I am sure it will not burn mixed with water... hydrogen peroxide is H202. It ends up being water and oxygen.

Edited to add the full strength that people use is already only a 3% solution the common one from the store.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 30, 2020 3:37 PM CST
Your garden looks like it needs a good drink. That might just be sun scald.
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Name: sumire
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sumire
May 30, 2020 3:45 PM CST
Hydrogen peroxide is H2O2. In the presence of water (just water), it breaks down into H2O and O (which then combines to O2). Which is why a lot of people put a drop into water they are trying to root cuttings in. In soil (or on plant tissue or skin) the molecule breaks down into OH, a bleaching agent. (This is where we get the term "bottle blondes".) The chemical reaction destroys cell structures, which is great for killing bacteria (and fungus gnats) but also great for killing plant and people cells. (This is one of the reasons that you should not use hydrogen peroxide on injuries.)

Honestly, I do not see blight or rot. To me, they look underwatered. I have a raised bed full of compost and I have to water a LOT because it is very free draining.
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Name: Sharon Rose
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Altheabyanothername
May 30, 2020 5:32 PM CST
Every gardener has their own style and knowledge in different areas. Smiling That is the beauty of this site... Thumbs up everyone's expertise can be used and valued. I just picked one from many sites and put a link to using hydrogen peroxide in the garden.


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NewbieGardenLover
May 30, 2020 5:56 PM CST
Very thankful for all of your wonderful words of wisdom. I appreciate it very much Thank You!

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