Re: [gardeners] Re: powdery mildew

Margaret Lauterbach (
Wed, 20 Aug 2003 10:46:26 -0600

The milk is a fungicide, that means kills the fungus.  Baking soda + light 
oil is a deterrent.  You're right about dampness encouraging the growth of 
powdery mildew, but in Alan's dry climate, "damp" is meaningless.  Margaret L

>Maybe there's different kinds elsewhere, but the powdery mildews that grow
>here in TN thrive in both hot humid weather as well as cold damp weather.
>Putting water on the plant infected with it is like throwing gas on a fire.
>As I understand it, the milk solution (as well as baking soda, sulfer, or
>even the fungicide I use) just deters further reproduction of the mildew
>somehow. It don't actually kill it, supposedly.
>Dan Dixon