Powdery Mildew & Crepe Myrtles

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Powdery Mildew & Crepe Myrtles

Post by Mike Samps » Fri, 26 May 1995 04:00:00

Help - it's killing my plants!
How do I get rid of it without using something that might hurt the
kids/cats/dogs that play around in my yard?

Powdery Mildew & Crepe Myrtles

Post by Janna Beckerm » Fri, 26 May 1995 04:00:00


If youre really concerned about your powdery mildew and safety, your
best route is the old baking soda solution.  Unfortunately, I don't
know the recipe off the top of my head.  I think its about 2% B.S. but
check. Neem oil is another option, but can become phytotoxic if the
temperature gets to high. Appropriate fungicides include Bayleton,
Funginex, Halt and Banner, but check your labels because Banner may not
be labelled for for powdery mildews of crepe myrtle and would be

Hope this helps some.  By the way, the fungus infecting your tree is
pretty cool, too.  Under the scope, it looks like a multi-tentacled
"invasion of the body snatcher-type" alien.

Janna Beckerman
Dept. Plant Pathology and Microbiology
Texas A&M University

"Let rot proclaim its revolution!"
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