Powdery Mildew: How to rid your plants of the White Wash

Powdery Mildew: How to rid your plants of the White Wash

First thing to know about Powdery mildew is… not only is it avoidable but caught early you can remove all traces of the mildew without harmful effects to your plants. If left untreated these light-coloured masses of spores will form quickly on both sides of leaves along with shoots, and buds and cause havoc in the garden. PM as it is referred to by many growers, will reduce plant photosynthesis and left untreated will destroy your valuable crop.

How to Prevent Powdery Mildew

Since powdery mildew tends to thrive when foliage is in a humid environment and air movement is restricted it's wise that you need to look to avoid those conditions in the slightest possible. Since air movement is important ensure you give plants plenty of space and adequate air flow with things like wall mounted fans.

Rarely is it fatal for your plants, nevertheless it's a hassle. Prevention methods can mean much less work later, since curing a plant is always harder than preventing illness.

Here are a few tips;

  • Water several hours ahead of the lights turning off and allow soil to drain.
  • Pruning shaded and over crowded plants
  • Remove all unwanted dead foliage from the area around the plants.
  • Keep plants off of each other and provide space for airflow including pruning over crowded and shaded plants.
  • Use a De-humidifier to keep moisture levels down below 50% Relative Humidity.
  • Check daily for the current presence of mildew and treat immediately with White Wash to prevent a catastrophic outbreak.
  • Consider a Sulfur burner to suppress the fungal infection

What Are Other Natural Methods To Control Powdery Mildew?

Surprisingly lots of homemade concoctions are available. Some things you will find that will assist stopping the spreading of the spores to other plants are Baking Soda, Garlic, Milk, Mouthwash, Vegetable oil and even Water. There is lot of these kinds of household recipes can be found online. Some methods will change the PH Balance on the plant surfaces making it hard for the PM to proliferate.