KMA Glossary: Powdery Mildew


If I get a phone call at 1am from a  passionate (ahem) customer about "white stuff all over my plants", I have a scripted stand-by answer I always give. And it always works.
"Your plants have the equivelent of athlete’s foot. They aren’t going to die of it- but there might be some uncomfortable moments. You know how conditions have to be just right to get athlete’s foot? It’s the same with plants. Just like with athlete’s foot, sanitation is crucial right now. And of course there’s a little something we can spray on it to provide some comfort."

It works, every time.

P.S. Hort hubby has come up with a term for when you don’t know what’s wrong with a plant, but it sure sounds like you do….
"I’m sorry, it seems your plant has spidery mildew"
You know you want to borrow that.

Can I get a little love in the forum?

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About Amanda Thomsen

Big, loud and fun- Amanda Thomsen landscapes by day and blogs at night. Her blog, Kiss My Aster, on Horticulture magazine's website has alienated/enraptured dozens. She co-authors a blog called Plants That Suck that is about plants that suck. And she is the less popular half of the podcasting team, Good Enough Gardening, which makes her feel like the "Roy" of of Siegfried and Roy, but without the mauling. She lives in Chicago and does not EVER put ketchup on hot dogs.

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