White Powdery Mildew

e.t. emt1 at bellsouth.net
Sun Jul 4 10:25:58 EST 1999

Tom, these plants are in plastic pots, aren't they?  If not, are they in a
humid location?  I know African Violets prefer the humidity...This is a
common occurance with moisture buildup in the soil.  The only thing I've
found so far is to lessen watering or move the plant to a less humid
location.  The ferns and African violets will not like this at first.  If
they are in plastic pots, try transplanting to clay pots first.  Not ceramic
unless they are only glazed on the outside.

I too am battling this problem, and if I come up with anything good, I'll
let you know!  e.t.

Tom Speight <tomsp8 at erols.com> wrote in message
news:3761473A.DD005401 at erols.com...
> I have been struggling for the last year with a white powdery fungus
> that gets on my African Violets and ferns  and selected other
> houseplants within our new home. I place the infected plants outside for
> a week or so and the fungus disappears but it reappears within days of
> returning them inside. It also leaves a sticky substance on the carpets
> and nearby furniture so I really want to get rid of this. Tried Orthonex
> [sp?] and several other fungal sprays, but they don't seem to work. Is
> there any treatment for this?

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