Plant help!

  • Plant help!

    Posted by Juniper-Lynn on June 4, 2023 at 4:38 pm

    Does anyone have experience with this- all of a sudden most of my plants have these little dry spots on them. Mostly on my squash and cucumber, but even some on my nasturtiums. None on my tomato plants and none on my pole or bush beans except this one plant (in the picture) The plants seem to be doing just fine otherwise. As you can see in the 2nd photo- even the weeds have spots. Note- it has been super super dry and low humidity here in central IL where I live. I did spray all of my garden (in the evening) with fish fertilizer to help revitalize my soil after I was delivered hydrophobic garden mix from my local supplier (another story in itself) but only some of the beds were topped off with the bad soil so it couldn’t be that- some of the plants with spots never got the bad soil.

    • This discussion was modified 9 months ago by  Juniper-Lynn.
    Juniper-Lynn replied 8 months, 4 weeks ago 7 Members · 11 Replies
  • 11 Replies
  • GrandmaPeaches

    June 4, 2023 at 5:15 pm

    I have this happening on my eggplants. I have pulled out and replanted twice, still same thing. I know we are not getting much rain here in North Georgia mountains in my location, I’ve been watering, but I think they stress when there is not much rain to help keep the soil deeply hydrated. That’s they only thing I can think of. Also they are growing slower because we had a slow start to the consistently warm temps, not sure if that affects or not. Tomatoes are doing well, even the ones that had a slow start, so not sure why the eggplants are affected and not tomatoes, since both need lots of water. Hope someone has a good answer for you.

    • Juniper-Lynn

      June 4, 2023 at 7:52 pm

      Hmmm. I’ve wondered mid maybe it’s just a dry climate thing. Maybe so

    • Yankeeredneck

      June 4, 2023 at 11:30 pm

      My eggplants are doing the same. I read that it can be spider mites which we found on our romaine. Transplanted as well and now I’m spraying with neem oil and soap mixture. Growing very slowly because of the cool weather but new leaves are finally coming and so far those look clean.

  • Gizmo

    June 4, 2023 at 5:32 pm

    I don’t have an answer but some suggestions. What do the bottom of the leaves look like? Any chance there are critters on them? I don’t have any degrees and i know what I’m going to bring up can be a very touchy subject. Depending on your climate watering at night can cause all kinds of disease issues. I’m a water early in the morning person and i prefer to water by hand with a sprayer with a shower setting and water the ground not the top of the plant. Best wishes

    • Juniper-Lynn

      June 4, 2023 at 7:58 pm

      The bottoms are fine. The spots go straight through. It’s basically just a dry dot. Some of my bush beans and peppers do have sun scorch (you can see in the bean picture) because the sun has been relentless here with high UV warnings and it being 10° warmer than normal. So maybe it is just that they are stressed.

      Yeah- I hear you with the watering at night thing- so I always make sure to water in the morning and I hand water it all with a long wand to not get the leaves wet. Only time that was different was I did mist all the leaves the other morning to get water straight to the leaves before it got hot. And I sprayed the foliage with the fish fertilizer water in the evening as the sun was dipping so as not to burn the leaves. I wonder if maybe there was still little drops of water from misting that created little magnifying glasses for the sun to burn tiny holes? No pests that I can see other than aphids that are on my dragons tongue beans.

  • Thy-abundance

    June 4, 2023 at 10:15 pm

    Aloha 🌋 That looks like it could be leaf fungus. It’s caused from both to much or to little moisture or not enough proper airflow. You can “try” treat organically with bicarbonate aka 1/2 tsp baking soda to a gallon of clean water. I did this three years ago when Hawaii was in a drought and had leaf fungus in my bean plants. Spray early in the morning and never water your garden plants even if it’s hot in the day. Remove any if you have those, fallen leaves from around your vegetable plant also because they also carry fungus if not properly decomposed before applying.

    Another could be is particulate burns from the spraying we are all being bombarded by. In Hawaii the greenest place on earth we have forest dying just like the redwoods are in California. Nothing but prayer for that. 🙏🏼

    So much Dying suddenly

    🌺God bless I don’t know if this what’s going on but hope this helps ya.

    • PaulAtreides

      June 4, 2023 at 10:53 pm

      I was thinking that too. I live in a more humid climate and have issues with powerdy mildew but the lack of Humidity was throwing me. Learn something every day!

    • Juniper-Lynn

      June 5, 2023 at 2:02 am

      Not gonna lie- I was wondering if it could be from stuff we are sprayed with. We have homomutateous clouds in the sky almost daily. And not I’ve noticed the spots on weeds and plants on the complete opposite side of my house from the garden- where I haven’t sprayed anything. I think I need to walk around my neighborhood and talk to my neighbors to see if they have anything going on.

      • Thy-abundance

        June 5, 2023 at 7:23 am

        Aloha 🌋

        Always trust your intuition. We are being sprayed daily with many harsh chemicals, particulates and agents. Non good either. The releasing of plant viruses and fungus through the same application in areas where food is grown is causing many issues. Hawaii farmers have stories that will absolutely disturb you. I often think about when the US military used Agent Orange the herbicidal compound that was sprayed throughout the thick vegetation in the Vietnam war to kill the vegetation. My best friends father who was like a father would eventually die due to cancer that the military would admit years later to her wife and family was because of AO. He said he and his brothers came in through the vegetation after the spraying because no one told them what they were spraying. They were drenched in it.

        Ever notice your home is more dusty then before? Your screens and cars are covered with an unusual amounts of soft dusting not dirt. Walk at night with your flashlight beam facing to heaven and see sparkly, dusty, white floating particulates.

        We are dealing with dark evil.

        What can I do to try combats this? I cover my garden raised beds that are outside of the high tunnels. I believe sun gives better tasting food and high tunes though they get sun it’s just not the same. I used to believe rain also gave freshness to foods, but that’s change also. I now control even the water I use on them. What I do it use clear plastic with shade cloth draped over strong gauge fencing half hoops that I’ve placed on top of every raised bed. The ends are open on both ends with short over hang plastic that allows air freely to flow through both ends. I like to grow in the sun but not so much in the rain fall anymore. If it’s raining I cover them but the sun still shines in through the plastic and shade cloth. On a sunny day with no rain I’ll place just the shade cloth that allows air flow all around. I’ve had no issues with powder mildew or viruses.

        Those who grow food have to all become more innovative as the water, air and seeds are all being manipulated for evil intentions to prevent any of us to produce food to survive. Homesteaders are a different breed a’ people though and it bothers them. We aren’t afraid of hard work and find an almost strange solace when faced with a hard challenge. We understand hardship and struggles because of the free way we chose to live our lives. Not complicated by restrictions as we color outside the lines. 😉We overcome and we are never shy away of start over. Even if than means learn a lesson, yank it all out, and start a new seedling. My grandmother filled with all the greatest of wisdom would say. She’s a strong woman who survived being unjustly encamped for being Japanese would say. “You must be like Bamboo if you are to survive all the hardships and heartbreaks life will promise.


        Be as bamboo my friend. Be discourage when your garden hands ya a challenge like a plant issue, and never quit when your garden throws ya a situation that need resolve. There are a lot of good people here to support you. But most important God is with you and will provide.

        “You are bamboo and you will not break just as bamboo bends and doesn’t break.”

        God bless and keep you in all your ways

      • DeeDee

        June 5, 2023 at 3:41 pm

        I love your Grandmother’s advice, very wise advice. Thanks for sharing that.

      • Juniper-Lynn

        June 5, 2023 at 3:44 pm

        Thank you for the beautiful message!

Log in to reply.