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PS.RAVI
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July 14, 2012 - 9:38 pm
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Sir,

I am trying to grow bottle gourd in a container. I was very happy to see small bottle gourds growing to the plant. 

But to my utter disgust, the bottle gourds are dying out after growing to a size of 3 to 4 inches.  I saw around 30 bottle gourds dying like it.

 

please give me advice.

 

with regards,

p.s. ravi

AP

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nitin
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This number is quite high. I had lost three till now but fruit count is two. Some buds are dying even before flowering. Slowly these buds loose green and then slowly becomes  brown and dries out.

 

I am facing one more problem that leaves starts developing yellow spots and soon complete leave dies.

Are you also facing similar issues.

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Srikanth
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The yellow spots could be Powdery Mildew. Sulphur dusting is a chemical solution while I leave the organic solutions to the experts to chip in with.

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Hello srikanth garu,

 

I am facing similar problems. But I am very very happy to say that one bottle gourd has grown upto a size of one feet.

 

so I should wait and see

 

P.S. Ravi, Sangarareddy, AP

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Photos of bottle gourd creeper can be seen at  album

https://plus.google.com/photos/117160771024579396482/albums/5768417027072537217

There is image of leaves with yellow  dots as well.

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I found these on google:

http://www.brighthub.com/envir.....60496.aspx

 

Solution #1 - The Cornell Baking Soda Formula
(for Powdery Mildew AND Blackspot)

4 teaspoons baking soda  
2 tablespoons horticultural oil such as SunSpray brand UltraFine Year-Round Pesticidal Oil
1 gallon water

Mix well then pour into a no-clog type hose-end sprayer. If you only have a couple of roses to treat use a hand-held spray bottle. Thoroughly soak the entire plant making sure to get the undersides of the leaves. Apply in the morning, approximately every 7 days as needed.

In the late 1980s, Dr. R. Kenneth Horst of Cornell University began testing the use of baking soda and insecticidal soap to control powdery mildew and blackspot on roses. The soap helped the baking soda solution spread over, and stick to, the plant leaves, but had no effect in suppressing disease. Roses were sprayed every 3 to 4 days and Dr. Horst found the mixture was most effective in preventing blackspot, but was also effective on powdery mildew.

Other research at Cornell focused on controlling fungal diseases, including powdery mildew, on members of the gourd family (i.e. cucumbers and pumpkins). Researchers discovered that a single spray of baking soda and SunSpray brand horticultural oil almost completely inhibited powdery mildew on heavily infected pumpkin foliage. Baking soda without any oil was completely ineffective.

The above baking soda formula is based on the Cornell research. According to Dr. Horst, his formula is now available commercially under the name of Remedy. Remedy by Bonide available online at Gardener's Supplyand fine garden centers or contact Bonide, 800-424-9300

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Following link discusses a number of organic solution to various problems of this class of vegetables http://web.pppmb.cals.cornell......curbit.php

 

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