Powdery mildew on crepe myrtle

Asked July 11, 2018, 3:21 PM EDT

My crepe myrtle has powdery mildew. Is this a safe time to apply a fungicide, and is this the treatment you would suggest?

Montgomery County Maryland powdery mildew crape myrtle tree

1 Response

Here is our website on powdery mildew: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/powdery-mildew-trees-and-shrubs
It can weaken the plant but does not kill it.

If you have a susceptible variety of crape myrtle, this could be a yearly problem, in which case you may want to think about replacement in the future. Allow for proper plant spacing and make sure they are in full sun.
You can also try spraying at the first hint of powdery mildew. It protects uninfected foliage only. Fungicides are preventatives they are not curatives. Check the label registration on horticultural oil products for powdery mildew control listings. They cannot be sprayed in high temperatures.
Consider whether you want to do that when there are plenty of good disease-resistant varieties to be found.

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