Downy Mildew on Roses

Downy Mildew on Roses Description: Downy mildew affects roses throughout the U.S. Infection begins on young plant growth. Leaves develop dark purplish to dark brown spots. Symptoms may resemble burns caused by pesticide toxicity. Humid, cool conditions favor downy mildew infection. Solution: If downy mildew has been a problem in the past, begin spraying Soap-Shield® Fungicidal Soap when new spring […]

Cabbage Maggot

Cabbage Maggot Description: The maggot is 1/3″ long, white, legless, with blunt rear end. Injury is almost entirely underground where maggots attack the roots of cole crops (broccoli, cabbage, etc.), making slimy tunnels in larger roots. Damage is worst when weather is cool and soil is moist.  First signs of injury: foliage discolors and wilts during the heat of day. Solution: Apply Grub-Away […]

Cabbage Looper & Cabbage Worm

Cabbage Looper & Cabbage Worm Description: In most of the country it is almost impossible  to raise any vegetable in the cole family (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, etc.) without controlling these green pests, 1-1/4″ to 1-1/2″ long. Presence of white or yellow butterflies signals start of infestation.  These cabbage pests can defoliate plants very quickly when fully grown. They eat holes […]

Brown Rot (Peaches)

  Brown Rot (Peaches) Description: Brown Rot is destructive to peaches and all stone fruits. Fungi overwinter in twigs or in infected fruit, either on the tree or on the ground. Healthy flower buds are infected by blown or splashed spores. Spores from infected blossoms are blown to healthy fruit. The more mature the fruit, the more susceptible it is to […]

Blossom-End Rot (Tomatoes)

Blossom-End Rot (Tomatoes) Description: : Ugly sunken brown patches on the bottom of tomatoes, melons, peppers and cucumbers. A disorder caused by a deficiency of calcium in the soil. Most commonly occurs after rapid growth followed by a prolonged dry spell, or extended periods of heavy rain that cause calcium to leach from the soil. Solution: Use Rot-StopTM Spray spray on foliage and […]

Blister Beetle

Description: Yellow or gray with black stripes. A poisonous beetle 1/2″ long that raises blisters on the skin if crushed by hand. They eat foliage and blossoms of almost any vegetable. They feed in swarms, eating almost everything in sight. Solution: Dust with Rotenone/Copper Combo or spray with PyolaTM Insecticidal Spray.

Rose Black Spot (Roses)

Black Spot (Roses) Description: Primarily affects roses. At first, lower leaves of susceptible plants become covered with brownish black spots; eventually they yellow and drop off. A severe infestation can completely defoliate a plant over a period of weeks. Disease spores are spread by rain and irrigation; black spot spreads quickly in wet or humid, warm weather. Solution: Avoid wetting foliage. Prune plant […]

Bacterial Wilt (Cucumbers)

Description: Large vines gradually wilt and die (no yellowing of leaves); young plants die rapidly. Bacterial wilt is spread by cucumber beetles. Solution: Remove and destroy wilted plants. To prevent, use PyolaTM Insecticidal Spray; start applications as soon as plants are above ground, at 5 to 7-day intervals, or as necessary to control cucumber beetles. Or grow vines under Super-Light Insect Barriers; remove […]

Bean Leaf Beetle

Description: Orange-red or green with black head and black spots. Adult beetles lay eggs in soil at the base of seedlings. The eggs hatch into larvae which feed underground on roots and stems, making stems weak and easily broken in wind or during picking, before they become adult beetles. Adults riddle leaves, especially on early bean plants. Solution: Super-Light Insect […]

Pyola® Insecticidal Spray

Pyola® Insecticidal Spray Canola oil with pyrethrins — an insecticide from plants for plants Destroys all stages of an insect’s life cycle — from eggs to adults! Has a residual repellent effect on mites and other insects Uses only vegetable derivatives, not strong-smelling petroleum distillates Does not persist for long periods in the environment Contains no piperonyl butoxide Pyola is […]