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Problems with pumkins


Over the last few weeks a number of my pumpkin plants developed a white powdery mould on the leaves and then they shed the leaves altogether. However, as you can see in the picture the plants on the other side of the veggie patch are doing fine. The problem plants are more directly under a large beech tree - so I'm not sure if this may have something to do with the problem. 

They all receive the same amount of feed (tomato feed) 

Any suggestions would be welcome.

Cheers, Charles


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 9,527
    It is Powdery Mildew which affects plants under stress, particularly those short on water.  The beech will be taking up most of the water from that area, which is why the plants there have been affected worse.  Give the remaining plants plenty of water from now on and it might also be worth spraying them with diluted milk  which is reported to help slow the spread by leaving a very thin oily surface on the leaves which is presumed to inhibit the fungal spores from taking hold.  There is no actual cure as such.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Thanks! The other side is also shadier, so that might also explain things as well. Cheers
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