Plant Health Maintenance Tips
June 19, 2015
Prevent and Treat Fungal Problems
With the recent wet weather in Pittsburgh, it’s starting to feel like we live in the tropics. Not all of the plants in our area will thrive in wet conditions, and may begin to look sick. Rain and humidity can often lead to a fast occurrence of several fungal pathogens and diseases. A few of the plants that are susceptible to leaf spots are fruit trees, lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, tomatoes, peppers, geraniums, rudbeckia, zinnias, astilbe, and coneflowers. Powdery mildew is common on a wide variety of vegetable crops, as well as begonias, phlox, asters, blanket flower, lilacs, bee balm, verbena, and zinnias to name a few.
To keep your plants in the best of health, use Liquid Copper Fungicide by Bonide to both prevent and treat a wide range of plant diseases this growing season. This liquid fungicide can be used to treat powdery mildew, rusts, blacks pot, leaf and fruit spot, downey mildew, fruit rot and late blight. Begin treatment 2 weeks before disease appears or shortly after disease first appears and reapply at 7-10 day intervals as long as needed. Reapply after it rains and remember to spray all plant surfaces, including the underside of the leaves. This product is Organic and is safe to use on edibles, ornamentals, and roses. Our 32 oz. bottle of Copper Fungicide is on sale for $9.99, now through 6/28/15. That’s a $5.00 savings!