[NAFEX] Use of Milk
loneroc at mwt.net
Wed May 18 10:09:58 EDT 2005
Milk has been found to be fairly effective at inactivating viruses on tools
used for repotting and dividing orchids---a group of plant that are
particularly susceptible to virus infection.
Orchid culture is probably the reason why I sterilize tools between pruning
individual plants. Fruit folks have assured that virus is not spread via
pruning, but I'm afraid I don't believe it. I use a conventional nursery
disinfectant, but may switch to milk as I work a real job less and have more
time to putter in the garden. Conventional agriculture got to where it got,
for among other reasons, its time savings. I suppose I'm being silly trying
to cut my already low chemical usage further (two Imidan sprays, two Captan
sprays and one Benomyl spray for fruit trees, and a little chemical
fertilizer) since my acre is surrounded by several hundred acres of Round-up
ready corn and beans, but what can you do:-?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Thomas Olenio" <tolenio at sentex.net>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2005 6:45 AM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Substitute for Surround
> On Mon, 16 May 2005 17:38:03 EDT, <Dale3693 at aol.com> wrote:
> > Here's a wild one----A friend who lives away up a canyon in Western
> > Colorado asked me if I thought one could spray on a thick solution of
> > powdered milk
> If it stays on the leaves it would start breaking down, and create an acid
> surface, deterring fungus. Milk is often sprayed on roses to change to
> PH, making surfaces acidic, and keeping black spot at bay.
> Milk is also used to encourage lichen growth on new stonework, making it
> look old.
> I imagine that a "sticker" should be added to hold the milk on the leaves.
> Not a bad experiment.
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