Tips To Prevent Powdery Mildew On Plants

You can find the spores of the powdery mildew everywhere in the plant. Though it does not spread from one plant to other, but decrease the yield of the one that it affects the most. The infection mostly occur at the time of spores germination. The best sure is to get rid of this fungal infection at the initial stages to prevent plants from getting weak and dying.

As we all know 'prevention is better than cure', so by following these simple prevention tips you can keep your plants safe from being affected by powdery mildew.

1. Purchase plant varieties that are resistant to mildew infection

Buy plant varieties that are resistant to powdery mildew infection. Many such as available in the market, consult a professional gardener before you're buying any such plant variant. You can also go for heirloom varieties that are naturally resistant to fungal diseases.

2. Keep humidity under control

Though moisture is not the main cause of powdery mildew, but keeping the leaves of the plant moisture free by controlling excess humidity might prove to be beneficial. Plenty of rainfall, and frequent watering of the plants, help avoid the attack of mildew. The water washes off the fungal spores, thus preventing them from damaging the plant tissues. Remember to water the roots and not the crown, especially when the plant has been exposed to excessive sunlight.

3. Keep the plants under bright light

Those plants that are grown in the shady areas are more prone to be affected with mildew, as compared to those exposed to sunlight. It reduces the risk of plants being affected as the plants become sturdier, and tissues become more stronger when compared to the plants grown under a shade. Move the potted plants to areas of the sun, cut down braches of large trees that shade your vegetable plantation and flower beds.

4. Do not overcrowd your garden

Aeration and easy breathing of the plants roots is very important to prevent fungal infections. If your garden seems to be crowded, then cut down the weaker seedlings and offer more space for the plants to grows for better air circulation. Plants like carrots, radish, lettuce and cabbage are good for your spring salad, but the remaining plants can be added to your compost pile. It is better o lose the crops when in the initial stages, rather when it has grown bigger.

5. Maintain cleanliness of the flower beds

Flower beds and garden grounds must be cleaned, whenever there's a heap of dried leaves or debris gathered. these attract fungal infection like mildews. Strip off the yellow leaves of the plants and branches that are mostly exposed in the shade. Since they, do not contribute in preparing food for the plant, hence they should not be the reason to affect to plant's health either.

A professional gardener will be able to help you out with more information regarding mildew. Why not contact Marie Bolton, a family-owned business in Sydney.