Cantaloupe plant, leaves are patchy, is this normal?

Brookeland, TX

This is my first garden, I think this is a cantaloupe plant though do to a mix up when we started I am not sure. The leaves on this plant are getting spotty, was wondering if this is normal or do I have problems?

This message was edited Jul 7, 2010 5:28 PM

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Augusta, GA(Zone 8a)

The variegated leaves in the foreground are a winter squash of some type. The round smooth leaves in the background are melons, probably cantaloupe altho all Cucumis melo have that type leaf.

Brooklyn, NY

looks like powdery mildew to me. http://cpib.tamu.edu/Backup/millerweb/picsfile/texas_10.jpg

i would try spraying neem oil for organic or Daconil for the strong stuff but usually u have to start early imo. next year spray ur plants once a week before any symptoms. i also trellis my melon off the ground trying to reduce funghi as well. ur plant should grow and produce fruit so dont worry about it.

San Jose, CA

Do you water on the leaves? Squash don't like being watered from above unless its early in the morning and they have lots of time to dry!

Brooklyn, NY

yes good point, mildew loves moist enviro's.

Morrisville, PA(Zone 6b)

That is not powdery mildew! The foreground plant ia a varigated zucchini known as Grey zucchini. pick the fruit when it is 4 to 5 inches in length. It is the best ever .... Skin included!

Tomorrow I shall take a picture of mine and post.


Note: I first thought it was also powdery mildew on my plants.

They have a picture Grey Zucchini on the following site.

http://playinginthedirt.ca/2008/04/12/pick-a-squash-any-squash/

Augusta, GA(Zone 8a)

Not a Grey zucchini, The photo is of a vining plant, which means a winter squash. Lots of squashes have this type of coloration on the leaves and the photo shows the distinct coloration not powdery mildew.
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/159622/ http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/159644/ http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/159643/

Brooklyn, NY

i stand corrected, looked just like the mildew on my cantelopes last year

Morrisville, PA(Zone 6b)

I disagree with you Farmerdill. It is Grey Zucchini!

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Orange, CA(Zone 10b)

I agree with Farmerdill. The picture posted by cliffcc078 showed 2 different kinds of leaves on 2 different vining plants.

Morrisville, PA(Zone 6b)

I think there is only one vining plant in the picture. And the plant in the foreground is a dead ringer for the zucchini I have growing.

Morrisville, PA(Zone 6b)

Here is a picture of the leaves on my zucchini.

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Morrisville, PA(Zone 6b)

This picture contains 3 zucchini .... It is best to pick when the size of the smallest one. My zukes like to keep hidden beneath the leaves. I will use the larger one to make zucchini bread.

To the right are two cukes I picked today.

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Delhi, LA

I'm not in this discussion except to say that Farmerdill is one of the most knowledgable guys on the forums. I'd go with him.

San Jose, CA

Quote from Jim41 :
I'm not in this discussion except to say that Farmerdill is one of the most knowledgable guys on the forums. I'd go with him.


I always pegged Farmerdill for a woman, because I like to believe women are smarter! Its the california feminist blood in me I suppose? When my veggies grow I feel like I'm wonder woman and I can fly invisible jets.

Delhi, LA

I guess we all get mental images of the people who post on the forums. From now on I'll see you in that plane.

Morrisville, PA(Zone 6b)

Well this woman believes that Farmerdill made a mistake. Cliff's photo displays leaves that are dead ringers for the zucchni plants that I have.

Augusta, GA(Zone 8a)

Hopefully cliff will come back with a photo soon. Buds are showing along the nodes of the vine. Merry math, The Grey zuke is a great one, but it is a bush squash.

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Perth, Australia

I came here searching for information about my zucchini leaves never having grown them before. Seems they are pretty normal. I am getting lots of flowers but i see no sign of any fruiting. I have lots of bees around my garden so wouldn't have thought pollination would be a problem. Any advice?

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

Your zucchini is a vine? or one plant that stretches out? Your picture shows a vine like a cucumber, winter squash. Do you know? which plant you planted? we are curious to know the plants name as well.

Liberty Hill, TX(Zone 8a)

What picture? I don't see a picture other then the one that is 21/2 yrs old.

Busso your plant is probably putting on male blossoms, they usually do that first. The female flowers have a little fruit behind the flower. If you look for it you'll see it. When they get pollinated the fruit matures and the flower falls off.

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

Good eyes Lisa! 2 yrs old, shame on me!

Liberty Hill, TX(Zone 8a)

I thought you were talking to Busso, the person who posted right above you. For my life I couldn't find a picture. Lol Even tho their post is current they didn't have a picture, that was FD 21/2 yrs ago. Hehe

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