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Post  Dunkinjean on 8/29/2012, 10:59 pm

I everyone!
For the past 3 yrs I have been growing pumpkin plants with no problems. This year my plants seem to have powdery mildew (see pics and have been removing affected leaves) along with no chance of pollination. I normally self-pollinate but there have been so few female flowers if any at all! I am thinking that at this time I should pull out the pumpkin plants and destroy. Sad
What would you suggest?
Tks for your time.

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Post  southern gardener on 8/29/2012, 11:16 pm

mine look the same way, but no powdery mildew.
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Post  greatgranny on 8/29/2012, 11:24 pm

My cantaloupe did the same thing. Don't have a clue what caused it.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/30/2012, 12:21 pm

Looks like my cucs. I was told on the forum somewhere that it was probably a deficiency in the soil, so I added more compost and watered with Epsom salts. They are struggling but still fruiting.

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Post  Dunkinjean on 8/30/2012, 4:16 pm

CapeGoddess:
I have been adding compost to the mix but to no avail.
I am just so disappointed, but there is next yr! Laughing
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Post  southern gardener on 8/30/2012, 4:32 pm

@greatgranny wrote:My cantaloupe did the same thing. Don't have a clue what caused it.

mine too! cantaloupe, cucumbers, spaghetti squash, gourds, butternut squash, the loofah's are doing well tho, despite a bad start. They are right in the middle of the above plants. i wish I knew what's up so I can fix it Shocked
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Post  Pollinator on 8/30/2012, 4:39 pm

Looks like more than one problem. I can see powdery mildew, but it doesn't look that bad.

You say there are few flowers. Check the buds that are obviously dead to see of there's a little hole in them. Are the leaves that are dying, adjacent to the ones with dead buds? Remove them and slit the stems and the buds themselves. If there is frass, you have pickleworm

Pickleworm is really, really bad in the South this year, and it tends to move north through the summer, so you could also have it in the northeast by now.

The pickleworm moth lays its eggs on the buds during the night; they hatch and chew their way into the bud, killing it, then work their way down the stem, killing the leaf.

These are as bad as squash borers, but they start at different points. The SBs always go for the base of the plant.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/30/2012, 4:47 pm

Pollinator, can I copy and paste this to another thread on cucs please?

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Post  Pollinator on 8/30/2012, 8:43 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:Pollinator, can I copy and paste this to another thread on cucs please?

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Sure, why not?
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