[NAFEX] powdery mildew

kathryn stout kathrynwrites at yahoo.com
Tue Apr 1 18:48:52 EST 2003

I bought dormant oil when I first bought trees to
plant in Massachusetts, in 1991. I've never used it on
my trees. I did get some out to mix a Tablespoon or
two in water, to swab on one of my blueberry bushes
last spring, to kill scab. Dormant oil is not an
"all-purpose" spray. It is useful for a few highly
specific pests: pear psylla, scab, and one or two
others. If you don't have those pests, you don't need
dormant oil. Nor will it benefit your trees, to spray
it anyway.
kathrynwrites at yahoo.com

--- list at ginda.us wrote:
> On Saturday, March 29, 2003, at 02:06  PM, rooting
> wrote:
> <snip>
> > Baking Soda Spray
> > Recipe:  Mix one teaspoon of baking soda and one
> quart of water in a 
> > spray
> > bottle.  Add a few drops of dishwashing liquid. 
> Adding 1/2 teaspoon 
> > of oil,
> > such as Sunspray Dormant Oil, or even Canola oil
> may increase the
> > effectiveness against black spot and other fungal
> diseases.  Apply
> > liberally.
> > <snip>
> I probably ought to spray dormant oil on some trees
> this spring, but I 
> know I won't get around to buying the stuff.  Would
> simply spraying 
> with cooking oil do any good?  I generally have
> corn, olive, and peanut 
> oil in the cupboard.  Or would this attract large
> pests?
> Thanks,
> Ginda
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