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Vegetable Gardening: patty pan squash problems

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dun1kirk
Berkeley, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 19, 2013
11:59 AM

Post #9635260

I have more patty pan squash developing (mold) than those that grow normally. I have a drip watering system throughout my garden that runs 3 times a week for about 20 minutes. How do I prevent this on my still growing plants?
Thanks.

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jmc1987
Cascade, VA
(Zone 7a)

August 19, 2013
1:59 PM

Post #9635372

ive been getting this same issue with my yellow crookneck they get all fuzzy then just mush up. I am suspecting the relentless rain weve been getting in my case

drobarr

drobarr
Hummelstown, PA
(Zone 6b)

August 19, 2013
4:50 PM

Post #9635532

Looks like regular grey mold or Botrytis but that usually doesnt affect squash.

The main fruit diseases in squash are Plectosporium, Pythium and Phytophthora but they usually dont look like that even when they sporilate.

There is a newer disease called Choanephora. But looks different.

http://granville.ces.ncsu.edu/2013/06/httpwww-ces-ncsu-eduattachment_id223363/

For all fungal diseases I would reduce watering...particularly near the fruits. Also apply copper or a fungicide such as daconil (chlorothalonil) on a 7 day applicationn schedule. Could try placing fruits on a board to keep them high off the moist soil.
dun1kirk
Berkeley, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 20, 2013
12:50 AM

Post #9635876

Makes sense. We had a long spell of very foggy weather.

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