Powerdy mildew on rosemarry

Asked January 14, 2013, 3:34 PM EST

I have rosemerry in the house for the winter. Could you use sodium bicarbonate and horticultural oil on it if taken outside and sprayed if temperature was above 50?

El Paso County Colorado

1 Response


Your best bet is to try to increase air circulation around the plant..either space it further from other houseplants, or try thinning some of the foliage. Spraying it with the baking soda combination will not TREAT the problem (it's used more as a preventative). See this additional information from Iowa State University (it discusses growing rosemary indoors during the winter..about 2/3s of the way into the article): http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2003/may03/may0327.html

The one good thing you're doing is having good humidity levels (which rosemary needs), but it is causing the powdery mildew.

Best of luck!