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Post  Neeque on 4/7/2016, 3:09 am

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for the warm welcome. I love plants and nature, but unfortunately I keep making my plants sick. Although that's an improvement as I use to kill plants, even when following directions to the letter. So I am improving even if it's a slow improvement.

I live in Melbourne, Australia, which is known for having four seasons in one day. Although I have been told it is a similar climate to Vancouver, minus the snow. I try to buy plants that are meant for the Australian sun, however if we have one hot day they shrivel and sometimes die. If I put them in the shade, they get sick because the don't get enough sun. It's quite frustrating.

My main question for today is: Can I put used coffee grinds on my pot plants if they have started to go moldy? I'm also collecting and grinding raw egg shells to also put on the plants.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 4/7/2016, 11:03 am

Hi, Neeque, as for your question, I don't put coffee grounds directly on plants, but rather I compost the grounds and the egg shells.  Are you speaking of potted plants, vs pot plants?  Or potatoes?  No experience with pot...lol.  Your plants would benefit from some mulch, I know some of the desert and California and southern regions rely on mulch to help with the severe heat/sun.  Or shade cloth.  If you use the search box in the upper left hand corner of this site, you will find a lot of info on these items!
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Post  sanderson on 4/7/2016, 4:56 pm

Hi, Neeque,  Welcome to the Forum from California!  glad you\'re here  Glad you are noticing an improvement in gardening.  Is it the soil or the plants that are getting moldy?  Mold is not necessarily a bad thing on the surface unless it is attracting fungus gnats.  Even coffee grounds get moldy, so I'm not sure it will help.  Now, mold within the soil is a great thing.  Go figure.

For your garden to thrive in the heat and beating sun, mulch and shade cloth really, really help.  Mulch slows down water loss through surface evaporation, and shade cloth allows some sunshine through while providing some protection.  I use heavy curtain sheers or 75% shade cloth.

Can you post a photo of the mold so we get a better idea of the mold concern?  Photos always help.

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Post  Neeque on 4/8/2016, 6:49 pm

Thanks for the replies. I'm trying to upload photos now so you can see. Bare with me, I'm not the most technical when it comes to computers. So yes to answer your questions, the plants are in pots. I've tried them in different places, some with constant shade, others with dappled sunlight and some with a little more direct sunlight. They did really well when they were hidden away and no one could see them. But then we had a bout of made rain, and then this is what appeared on them.
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Post  Neeque on 4/8/2016, 6:53 pm

I have cut one right back whilst trying to find potential solutions for the other. I thought I might learn a lot from the experimentation.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 4/8/2016, 7:15 pm

Looks like you may have a case of powdery mildew, Neeque. You can try these organic ideas, I am sure others will ring in....

http://www.planetnatural.com/pest-problem-solver/plant-disease/powdery-mildew/

Potassium bicarbonate seems to be the front-runner!

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Post  sanderson on 4/9/2016, 1:31 am

There are 33 topics on powdery mildew on this Forum. I like a milk solution when it's light. Neem oil solution when it is medium. I hope you can find a solution that works for you. Very Happy http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/search?search_keywords=powdery+mildew&typerecherche=interne&show_results=topics

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 4/9/2016, 9:47 am

Hi Neeque. Welcome from Atlanta, GA (SE USA). Glad you're here & that you continue to try.

Remember it's all learning process.... :-)

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 4/9/2016, 10:48 am

Oh yeah, I have used milk sprayed on both sides of leaves last year and it worked. I don't think my case was as bad as yours though. Lots of ideas on this site!
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Post  ralitaco on 4/9/2016, 9:55 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Are you speaking of potted plants, vs pot plants?  Or potatoes?  No experience with pot...lol.  
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First there were POT plants...now there's a white powder...what is going on Down Under? hiddenID
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Post  CapeCoddess on 4/10/2016, 1:23 pm

@ralitaco wrote:
@Scorpio Rising wrote:Are you speaking of potted plants, vs pot plants?  Or potatoes?  No experience with pot...lol.  
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First there were POT plants...now there's a white powder...what is going on Down Under? hiddenID
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Post  Neeque on 4/12/2016, 11:03 pm

Thanks for all the responses. They are potted flowering plants I got from the hardware store. They didn't come with instructions or even a name of type of plants they are. But I asked those who worked there who gave me advice, which was make sure the soil is always moist but not necessarily wet and periodically use fertilizer, as well as moderate but not full sun. But they were suppose to withstand Australian type heat. However we've been going from summer to autumn, which means some days feel like full summer and others like winter with torrential down pours, plus a single day can easily have both hot sunny hours then black cloudy torrential rains and then lovely sunshine again. My backyard faces the East so we get full sun most of the day and our veranda doesn't have proper covering so they get rain but some shade from the sun. 

I think I just answered all the remaining questions. I will follow the most popular suggestions and let you know how it all goes. Thanks again.
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