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Downy Mildew Disease.

Downy mildew affects many plants and appears as yellow to white patches on the upper surfaces of older leaves. On the undersides, these areas are covered with white to grayish. These “downy” masses are most often noticed after rain or heavy dew and disappear soon after the sunny weather resumes. As the disease progresses, leaves may eventually turn crisp and brown and fall off even though the plant has ample water. The best way to prevent downy mildew is to avoid the environmental conditions that favor the disease. Prune plants and remove any weeds to improve air circulation. Downy mildew is comparatively easy to control on most plants when the foliage and fruit are kept protected by a copper spray.

Uzma Niazi (Agronomist)






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