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Fighting Mildew Naturally

By threegardeners
July 27, 2013

Milk is a great fungicide. You can spray phlox with it to stop powdery mildew.

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harko
Jul 27, 2013 10:06 AM CST
I thought that most mlldew was not that harmful and could be wiped off or washed off with mild soap.
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blue23rose
Jul 27, 2013 11:22 AM CST
My phlox looked pretty nasty last year and the mildew on it was pretty bad. This year my phlox is gorgeous. I will keep the milk trick in mind if I get mildew again. Thanks for the tip I tip my hat to you.
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eclayne
Jul 27, 2013 7:03 PM CST

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Hi Harko, The two plants in my garden most prone to powdery mildew are Pulmonaria and Phlox. In both cases if the powdery mildew is left unchecked the plants suffer significantly. I wish I had some pics to show just how bad the Pulmonaria can look.
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canadanna
Jul 28, 2013 7:50 AM CST
Do you dilute it?
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wickedelph
Jul 29, 2013 8:14 AM CST
How well does milk spray work on existing powdery mildew? My lilacs always seem to get powdery mildew. :(
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threegardeners
Jul 29, 2013 5:44 PM CST
does wonders!
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Shannon
Jul 29, 2013 6:49 PM CST
My baby lilac 'Julia" has powdery mildew . Do I just use straight milk ? I drink O% or 1 % make a difference ?
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threegardeners
Jul 29, 2013 7:08 PM CST
Straight milk.
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Joannabanana
Aug 6, 2013 7:15 PM CST
Thanks for the tip. We have had perfect conditions with extra dampness and cool nights. I put the milk in my miracle grow fertilizer applicator and sprayed it on. Even though the milk diluted with the water, it may a huge difference. The sprayer worked great to get the underside of the leaves as well.

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threegardeners
Aug 6, 2013 7:18 PM CST
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eclayne
Aug 7, 2013 9:30 AM CST

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I wonder if evaporated milk in a sprayer would work.
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threegardeners
Aug 7, 2013 9:47 AM CST
you would think that milk is milk is milk. It would still have the mildew fighting enzymes or whatever it is...
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chelle
Aug 7, 2013 2:16 PM CST
Thanks for the info on what strength to use. Thumbs up

In the past, I've tried it diluted without measurable results. This is timely help for here right now; nights are cooler than normal, and we've had just enough sprinkles every night to start problems.
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pgurney
Sep 8, 2013 9:22 AM CST
How about on Roses? The leaves on my grandma's (r.i.p.) rosebush showing signs of powdery mildew.
Would the milk mixture work on them too? I've been using Seven dust.
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chelle
Sep 8, 2013 12:03 PM CST
I've been using it on my roses, and my polemonium as well. It's working just fine. Thumbs up

My mildewed heirloom squash plants are still going strong with the milk cure, too! Hurray! No new mildew has formed. I use the spray at least once a week...twice if I have the time, and the extra milk. Big Grin
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chelle
Nov 13, 2013 11:02 AM CST
This treatment was so effective that I still had summer squash forming on my spring grown plants right up until frost. Amazing!
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Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Nov 13, 2013 7:31 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray!

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