fungus

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by pinemead, Oct 4, 2004.

  1. pinemead

    pinemead Well-Known Member

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    It's been so hot, humid and rainy here that I've had an awful time this year with fungus on sage. Someone told me today to spray plants with baking soda mixed with water. I like the idea since it's editable. Anyone tried this? I'm going to spray tomorrow (if it doesn't rain :rolleyes: )
     
  2. Marcia in MT

    Marcia in MT Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The recipe I use is:

    1 quart water
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1-2 drops dish soap

    Spray every 3 days for a problem, and once a week as a preventative. The baking soda changes the pH of the leaf surface making it less hospitable to the fungi, and the dish soap lessens the surface tension of the water so it will stick better and not bead up and run off so much (so don't use more).

    I use this for powdery mildew on almost everything, and black spot on roses.
     

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    gobug Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have read that milk is a garden fungicide that is mild enough to not harm sensitive plants.
     
  4. pinemead

    pinemead Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the replies. I'm going to try both of them.