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How to control pest and diseases in Zucchini plants in Home Gardening

Updated: Sep 11, 2021

  • Zucchini plants are vulnerable to a number of pests like squash bugs, fruit borers, cucumber beetles and powdery mildew

  • Biggest problems for Zucchini is because of fruit borer. Fruit borer larvae feed inside the main stem of the plant, hollowing it out and cause plant death.

  • To prevent fruit borers affecting zucchini, lower portion of the stem should be wrapped with aluminum foil to keep the female moths away from egg-laying sites.

  • Zucchini plants are prone to be attacked by fungal diseases like Powdery mildew.

  • Symptoms are the leaves appear to be covered in a powder-like coating and this lead to reduced photosynthesis and reduced production.

  • To overcome powdery mildew, neem based liquid pesticide can be sprayed along with soap liquid on regular intervals.

  • Zucchini are heavy feeders. Feed the zucchini plants with 250 grams of organic matter after 30 days of planting.

  • While fertilizing the zucchini, remove the top soil and side-dress zucchini with cattle compost and cover this soil.

  • Foliar spray of liquid fish or bio fertilizer with high in phosphorus can be applied for fruit production.

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