", "Yes, milk works. Am extremely healthy. I had the problem on my last computer and just got a new one. The reasoning behind this is the "friendly" bacteria have a head start on the plant and then outcompete any bad ones. Or (3) should I replant my seeds for new ones to grow? The protein is in the milk fat, though researchers have experimented with both whole and skim milk. So if you see powdery mildew, take action to control it before the little problem becomes a bigger problem. Mix the milk solution in an ordinary pump spray bottle. ", "Any chance this will work on jackfruit? Industrially farmed cows do fair a little better, if the farmer cares. Electron microscope photograph of powdery mildew from the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology. ", "will this help with white spot on mustard greens", "it is really great topic.. Just don't want to damage my plants! The e-mail does not appear to be correct. It works for just about everything except pests. I removed the infected leaves and sprayed (soaked really) that plant, all plants in a 2 foot radius, and then all plants in the entire garden that are vulnerable to powdery mildew. I finally found out about milk sprays. i just use 50/50 whole milk and water. ", "I think Sue has hit the nail on the head, the good stuff "Lactobacillus" is in the whey and out competes the bad bacteria, vermicast mixed with water and molasses has a similar beneficial effect on controlling problem causing microbes. Karen and Mark - I have seen online some indication that powdery mildew is favored by dry conditions, as counter-intuitive as that sounds (hot dry, in fact, while downy mildew is more favored by humid and cool conditions). Used a 40:60 ratio of whole cow's milk and water in a pump sprayer. ", "Mild morning sun is the best exposure. ", "just curious i have hybrid tea rose elina recently bought them and have notice some mould on a few leaves, how often do i need to use the milk spray? Thanks. My concern was whether the PM will infect next year's plantings in the same soil. ", "Great news, Jeanne. Thanks Mark for your tip as well. I'm sold. ", "I have put both on at the same time, but didn't combine in a sprayer. ", "I have been useing milk two gallons water to one quart milk for fifteen years now and I am here to tell you it works! Thanks for the good article. This is when we gardeners notice unusual patches of white or light gray with a powdery or furry texture, usually on the top sides of leaves. I'm sold on it. I have lost my zucchini's every year from the borer until this year. As the milk is hit by the sun, free radicals will form that will, in turn, kill the fungus. Will this help my plants bounce back?? ", "hi does it mater if i use USDA organic milk OR market milk not organic? For the infected plants, powdery mildew cripples its ability to conduct photosynthesis by blocking out light, and stops up the leaf's gas exchange system, too. Has anybody heard of this? Melons. Powdery mildew is a common fungal disease described as a white to greyish powdery coating on the upper surfaces of the leaves, which can also spread to cover the entire leaves over time. ", "I can personally testify that a 70/30 (w/m) spray will significantly cut back even advanced infestations on zucchini, yellow squash and magnolias. ", "So I don't have any animal milk on hand. OR, can I cut the ends off which still are green and flowering (some have "roots" coming off vines), replant and give some root stimulator to help continue growing? I see nothing about that on this website. ", "sorry I only have questions. Have no idea if it would with pod molds, or hoe the wood ashes help, whether by changing pH or some other mechanism. . I bought it not as a fungicide but as a deterrent to cucumber beetles, as ours carry bacterial wilt, so it's very important to keep them from feeding. Depending on the problem plant species, resistant varieties may be available. ", "Thanks once again for a great home remedy! Good luck! To treat powdery mildew with milk, mix 1 part milk to 2-3 parts water. Add your own thoughts on the subject of this article: At 50/50 formulation every morning for 4 days straight I sprayed. Bill McDorland, a well known seed saving expert, thought he was seeing crosses between Cushaws which are c.mixta with c.moschata. I still have the same problem. Since this is such a cheap solution I will continue to use it every 10 days.