This milk spray for powdery mildew is a safe solution in the garden and can be used for the life of the plant. thanks Applied in bright sunlight and there was no smell. Our zinnias and cukes all have signs of PM and we didn't know how to address it. I'll start spraying a milk mixture tomorrow. ", "If you are just beginning to see white patches on a few leaves, a milk spray can slow the spread of the fungi to new leaves. I have lost my zucchini's every year from the borer until this year. A few days later the whole leaf looks white and more and more of them are covered in spots. ", "Robert, a rounded leaf with silver variegation is usually a C. moschata such as 'Black Futsu'. Once a week. ", "Yes, I think I will, just to be safe. and I will be appreciative. Cheers, Ken Smith ", "60/40 water milk spray worked like magic on my large rose bush. ", "Just noticing that there's a picture at the top of the blog with zucchini plants, showing the characteristically white color patches that some varieties of zucchini have. Moreover, this treatment is often most successful as a preventive measure. My plants loved it. It kept air circulating I think and that is what has stopped the mildew. ", "just curious i have hybrid tea rose elina recently bought them and have notice some mould on a few leaves, how often do i need to use the milk spray? How to avoid it. I have given up planting potatoes for two years now because of blight but will give this a try next season. I tried treating a couple leaves with a milk spray, but I suspect I had too high of a concentration of milk, and it suffocated the leaves, as they promptly died. Los Angeles is a dry climate, but with late summer rare humidity, we did get a lot of mildew on the squash. Surround tends to clog up the sprayer, especially if applied at the recommended strength. Apart from using a vinegar solution, you can also use a milk solution. The reasoning behind this is the "friendly" bacteria have a head start on the plant and then outcompete any bad ones. Good luck with your recovery. ... foliar feed of seaweed extract helps prevent powdery mildew and to stop or slow a small infection spray with a mix of milk … I have sprayed with milk and water 1:4 but i'm wondering what else is Mildew on peas, courgettes and pumkins. And, why ask for my email address for this reply? Since then, numerous small studies from around the world have validated the use of milk sprays on powdery mildew on a wide range of plants. However, it can be controlled and prevented. I've tried it on my indoor cucumbers which seemed to get mildew from the off. What can I do to help it prosper? ", "Bangle. I eat mostly raw foods and juices. I read an article about lacto-bacilli cultures and gardening and decided to give it a try. I guess the only question then is cost. ", "Thanks once again for a great home remedy! Not only does milk work as a fungicide but it also works as a pesticide. Mix the milk solution in an ordinary pump spray bottle. I had used commercial fungicide a month earilier with little to no improvement. When trying any spray on a new plant, I test it first on a few leaves to make sure there are no negative effects. Do you know what pests it seems to discourage? Last year I treated with a shop-bought product and the grapes were nonetheless too affected to eat. Unless you have your own cows. I don't think your browser has anything to do with it. Between that change and the fact that you will not be ingesting milk, I think you are safe. A fast-growing fungus, powdery mildew is also among the worst enemies of rosemary, and is a well-known disease of monarda, grape, and zinnia. Perhaps the sulphur properties in garlic would also help in the spray....", "I am working on a project to make a model on prevention of Downy Mildew in South Australia.I would really be thankful if someone has any information on which month downy mildew prevailed. What works best to keep them of my plants? Major wheat. What should I do? I've done well without problems until last year. Sea weed? ", "I have modified my recipe for using milk on my grapes . If you have many plants that are affected by powdery mildew, use a spray bottle attachment for your hose, set at … It's just me and my there dogs now. Do you associate the silver streaks in the leaves with cushaws? And it really works. Half of the fruits and vegetables in gardens are highly vulnerable to it. ", "Do you know if the milk spray will work on hops? Most of the fungal diseases are difficult to control once established and thriving. Pour the mixture into a garden sprayer. More than 50 years ago, researchers in Canada discovered that milk sprays could help prevent powdery mildew on tomato and barley. Powdery mildew (Oidium spp.) Resistant varieties have special characteristics that make it extremely difficult for powdery mildew fungi to enter leaves, which they do with cell-melting enzymes. White, icing sugar like fungus forms on the top side of each leaf. Midafternoon would be a good second choice. I mean really gone. You have to keep this regime up though, or the mildew creeps back surprisingly quickly. You have powdery mildew. ", "re.downey and milk spray,i have sprayed milk on downey mildew last vintage on my grapes and got a good result,i picked the hottest day with open sky,i know somebody that combined milk and molasess together,didnt work to well aust..", "Brenda re: squash vine borer. ", "Here in Queensland, I've been losing my Spanish melon and nudie pumpkin to powdery mildew, maybe not too late to save them. That’s what you have to do to save your Japanese cucumber plants from disease (powdery mildew). This may sound like a surprising solution, but milk is an extremely effective powdery mildew treatment. I have baby cucumber plants showed signs of some kind of icky fungus or what ever. Caused by various fungal species. The squash shown is tromboncino, which I've always thought was c. moschata. For large applications, you can put the solution into a garden sprayer. But, that is not a good example to show people. ", "Thanks for this article! So you must promptly remove diseased foliage if you want to control it. Page 1 of 1: One of my courgette plants has developed a couple of white patches that look like powdery mildew. As Barbara says about 12 posts up the thread, "prevention is better than cure when using any fungicides,"", "Well I'm here to tell you that milk works very well on even advanced stages of P.M. My two rose bushes had it so very bad all last year up till recently. Just a note to Rick Gilmore – you probably have the same browser on both computers. Both are good remedies to cure fungal diseases. I then put a small amount into one of those cheap plastic misters and topped it up with rainwater again (very unscientifically I didn't measure! I then added some rain water (boiled and cooled tap will do as that drives off the chlorine) After a few days it will smell yeasty but not unpleasant. ", "I hate to use pesticides unless extreme measures are needed so I was really grateful for this site. ", "Saheed, there is no research to support use of milk spray on downy mildew, but you could try it as a preventative. I find that it also helps to lightly pressure wash before spraying the milk . Have no idea if it would with pod molds, or hoe the wood ashes help, whether by changing pH or some other mechanism. Milk. For powdery mildew, try a milk spray. It usually doesn't kill plants, but it can weaken them and lead to poor growth and yield. These chemicals are why Americans have the greatest cancer and disease rate in the world. ", "Use any type of milk, Kathy. Don't know if it is the radish, but this is the first year I haven't had them attack my squash. ", "Prevailed??? Iam a master student at Uni Adelaide. ", "I think Sue has hit the nail on the head, the good stuff "Lactobacillus" is in the whey and out competes the bad bacteria, vermicast mixed with water and molasses has a similar beneficial effect on controlling problem causing microbes. The necessary proteins are present in whey, so I suppose you could use clotted milk if you strained it through a fine cloth first. Bill McDorland, a well known seed saving expert, thought he was seeing crosses between Cushaws which are c.mixta with c.moschata. One part milk to five parts water is plenty strong enough, but do use milk spray as a preventative rather than a cure. I read that radishes will deter them if planted at the same time and left to grow. Thanks. 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