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Beginner Gardening: Zucchini Trouble Shooting

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Chicago, IL

June 20, 2014
5:57 AM

Post #9872610

Please help me identify the white “bumps” I found at the base of one of my Zucchini plants. This particular plant got pretty well kicked around by super some strong wind about a week ago. Some of its leaves were stunted from shock, but it seemed to bounce back pretty well.

I gave it a good checkup yesterday and found that the base was not looking very healthy at all. The stem at the soil line is very rigid almost woody which might be a good thing as it has fared well during some more recent windy episodes. But the white bumps concern me; it looks like it could be some kind of fungus? The rest of the plant actually looks quite healthy, plenty of new green growth. I would not have thought there was a problem had I not inspected the base.

This plant is sharing a large container with a volunteer mammoth sunflower (that is doing VERY WELL)

Can anyone ID this symptom and suggest a course of action. Hoping its not a goner.


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Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 20, 2014
7:17 PM

Post #9873312

Tommy, does the potting mix have a lot of perlite in it? It's kind of hard to tell from the picture, but I was wondering if it might just be pieces of perlite stuck to the stem...possibly blown there during the heavy wind?

Why don't you try taking a piece of wood or a toothpick and see if it comes off easily. Make sure to wear a pair of garden gloves or rubber gloves just in case it's something else.

If you get a chance, post again and let us know what you find out.

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