Effective Powdery Mildew Disease Control and Prevention
Among the most common plant diseases, powdery mildew is easily recognized by white powdery spots on plant leaves and stems, and is known to infect almost all plant types, weakening plants and diminishing the flavor of fruits and vegetables.
One of the most important steps in combating powdery mildew is to regularly apply fungicides such as OxiDate. OxiDate’s breakthrough scientific formula rapidly oxidizes on contact to prevent and control many different plant diseases. It has a zero-hour re-entry interval, and can be used from seed right up to harvest in a variety of applications such as: pre-plant dip, soil drench, foliar treatment, and surface disinfectant. OxiDate is also approved by OMRI, meaning it can be safely used without jeopardizing organic crop status.
OxiDate contains only non-toxic components, is earthly-friendly and EPA approved, and is one of the few fungicides that exceeds the strict environmental standards for use and sale in green-friendly California. OxiDate is also specifically registered for citrus de-contamination, packinghouse, and field applications by the EPA and the state of Florida. OxiDate’s revolutionary oxidation chemistry is also exempt from pesticide controls and regulations and effectively prevents the development of resistant strains of disease.
Not only is OxiDate effective against powdery mildew, it has also proven effective in combating a wide range of plant diseases such as: Downy Mildew, Fusarium, Early Blight, Late Blight, Alternaria, Pythium, Anthracnose, Red Stele, Angular Leaf Spot, Phytophthora, Bacterial Speck, Trichoderma, Bacterial Blotch, Verticillium, Gummy Stem Blight, Bacterial Spot, Wilts, and Rhizoctonia, Greasy Spot, and Brown Rot.
OxiDate is recommended for use with a wide variety of crops such as: fruits, vegetables, cole crops, mushrooms, cucurbit crops, root crops, tomatoes, herbs, peppers, snap and dry beans, grasses, tobacco, spices, and peanuts.
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The Importance of Choosing the Best Fungicide for Powdery Mildew Treatment
Powdery Mildew is a common fungus that attacks a wide variety of plants; it is easily recognizable and virtually no plants are immune to it.
Signs and Symptoms
In fruit and vegetable-producing plants, Powdery Mildew will weaken the taste and quality of the produce. It can also stunt plant growth and distort the shape of buds, blooms and fruit. If left untreated, it can cause leaves to turn yellow and drop prematurely. It will eventually kill the infected plants.
Some plants are more susceptible to Powdery Mildew than others. Lilacs, crab apples, roses, grapes, squash and cucumber are particularly frequent targets of the fungal disease. However, it seems to be everywhere.
Powdery Mildew fungi overwinter in plant debris and start producing spores in the spring. The spores are then spread by wind, insects and splashing water. Eventually, they land on plants and under the right circumstances grow and spread.
Conditions that encourage the growth and spread of powdery mildew include humidity, dampness, poor air circulation and crowded planting.
Powdery Mildew Treatment and Management
Powdery Mildew infection is often possible to prevent. It is essential to choose healthy plants, especially resistant cultivars if possible. If disease-resistant varieties of desired crops aren’t available, it’s recommended susceptible plants not be grown in shady areas.
Maintaining good air circulation by first spacing plants properly and then thinning and pruning regularly will also help stave off the conditions Powdery Mildew thrive under.
Should plants be stricken with the disease, there are several steps involved in Powdery Mildew treatment. First, remove and destroy all infected plant parts. After doing so, sanitize garden tools to prevent them from carrying the spores elsewhere.
In addition, while treating Powdery Mildew, do not water from above or fertilize infected plants. The fungus thrives in damp conditions and flourishes on young, succulent plants. Consequently, these actions provide an ideal environment for disease.
Powdery Mildew Fungicide
Application of an environmentally friendly Powdery Mildew fungicide such as OxiDate is also effective in disease prevention and control. It can be applied as a soil drench, pre-planting dip or surface disinfectant.
While there are many fungicides available, OxiDate is especially popular due to it’s rapid effectiveness in treating Powdery Mildew. Because the spores can spread so quickly, a product that works quickly is important.Posted May 23rd 2013 at 5:58 am by Brady