Downy Mildew

Downy mildew is here! Look on the tops of leaves for angular, yellow to brown wounds that stop at a leaf vein.

Management suggestions:

  • Plant early in the season so you can harvest before the disease is present.
  • Water the soil, not the leaves; prevent the leaves from remaining wet for long periods.
  • Scout plants often and remove infected plants.
  • Plant varieties known to be tolerant of Downy Mildew.

For more information see NCSU Plant Pathology factsheet Cucurbit Downy Mildew

Thank you to NCSU Plant Pathologists Lina Quesada-Ocampo and Kelly Ivors for sharing this information.

Image by Gerald Holmes courtesy of Bugwood

Written By

Dr. Lucy BradleyExtension Specialist, Urban Horticulture (919) 513-2001 Horticultural Science - NC State University

Posted on Jul 16, 2013

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