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Thursday - August 11, 2005

From: Toronto, ON
Region: Canada
Topic: Diseases and Disorders
Title: Controlling mildew on Gaillarida sp.
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

Any suggestions for controlling mildew on blanket flower? It's spreading throughout my garden.

ANSWER:

Some plants are prone to mildew and blanket flower (Gaillarida sp.) is one of them. Watering carefully and keeping the area around the plants clean are both important. This online article "How to Detect and Prevent Powdery Mildew" from eHow gives useful prevention and treatment tips.
 

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