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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● AVOID­ING pow­dery mildew AP­PLES are among the many crops af­fected by pow­dery mildew, a fun­gal dis­ease of the fo­liage, stems and oc­ca­sion­ally flow­ers and fruit where a su­per­fi­cial fun­gal growth cov­ers the plant’s sur­face.

Other fruits af­fected in­clude black­cur­rants, goose­ber­ries and grapes.

Symp­toms in­clude white, pow­dery spread­ing patches of fun­gus on up­per or lower leaf sur­faces, flow­ers and fruit and the tis­sues some­times be­come stunted or dis­torted.

De­stroy­ing fallen in­fected leaves in au­tumn will re­duce the amount of in­fec­tious spores next spring.

Mulching and wa­ter­ing re­duces wa­ter stress and helps make plants less prone to in­fec­tion.

Promptly prun­ing out in­fected shoots will re­duce sub­se­quent in­fec­tion.

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