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Re: Southern blight in the north AGAIN

> I hope I get this under control, John. Dry spells are exactly when this
> shows up. When you applied the bleach, how long between each of your 2
> applications? Did you dig up the plant? I'm afraid that when I dug up mine,
> the small amount of dirt that dropped off the shovel may contaminate the
> surrounding areas further. Of course I immediatly treated the areas that I
> dropped dirt. Any more input would help. Thanks.

Mike Groothuis
Niles, MI
zone 5b

I must be being punished for something. My favorite thing to do is grow my
hostas, but a fungus that I can't control is killing them.

> Sorry to hear about this Mike. I have noticed (here in the North
> Carolina Mountains) that the symptoms appear most dramatically during a
> prolong dry spell. Almost as if the fungus is resorting to "eating" the
> hosta petioles in the absence of other moist substances. I believe I was
> successful in controling it on the two plants that were infected last
> year, by two applications of 50% bleach (clorox). I used about one
> gallon for each application. Good luck.  John Lanier, Burnsville, NC

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