Monthly Archives: June 2012

Fig Rust Causing Early Defoliation

Fig rust, caused by the fungus Cerotelium fici, is already causing defoliation of fig trees in parts of southern Louisiana. This is considerably earlier than normal, but this spring’s abundance of rainfall made conditions ideal for disease development. For more … Continue reading

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Powdery Mildew Blighting Crape Myrtles Now

Powdery mildew, caused by the fungus Erysiphe lagerstroemeriae, is once again wreaking havoc on the blooms of susceptible crape myrtle varieties. The warm, humid weather during late spring and early summer has been ideal for disease development on plants in partially … Continue reading

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Cucurbit Downy Mildew 2012

We have yet to see downy mildew on cucurbits here in Louisiana this year, but it was recently reported on cucumbers in Baldwin County, Alabama, which is east of Mobile Bay. Growers, especially those growing watermelons and pumpkins, and county … Continue reading

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Impatiens Downy Mildew Update

Downy mildew was observed on Impatiens walleriana in a residential landscape in New Orleans today. The affected plants had been purchased at a “big box” store in the area, but it was not the same chain as the store in the … Continue reading

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