o What's this white powder all over my violet (powdery mildew)?

Powdery mildew looks like a fine white powder on the leaves and flowers. Itís easily disturbed by blowing on it. Powdery Mildew is caused by a fungus, which likes sudden changes in temperature and poor air circulation. In addition to being unsightly, powdery mildew will mar flowers and leaves -- and eventually kill your plant.

First, isolate any affected plant. The most effective treatment of powdery mildew on African violets is Green Light Fung Away. It does not harm either the flowers or the leaves. Remove plants from lighted areas when spraying and wait until they dry to put them back. Make sure to get the spray all over the plant. Donít miss any spots. Green Light Fung Away can be found in garden centers or online.

Lysol will help control powdery mildew but itís not nearly as effective as Fung Away. Lysol also damages the flowers so itís best to disbud your violet before spraying. Once again, remove the plants from the light and wait until they dry to put them back. Hold the aerosol can about 12 inches from the plants and let the spray fall on them. Donít spray it directly on the plants because the Lysol is very cold when it comes out of the can. Youíll probably need to spray repeatedly.

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