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Post  HPartin on 8/11/2011, 3:33 pm

I need help diagnosing a problem. I have taken a plant to the local extension and they were unable to help. I do not have a camera which would be beneficial to this post but I'm going to try anyway.



I have had several different kinds of plants die over a period of one day. Each plant: zinnea, bush beans, and pepper plant are in different 4x4 beds. In the afternoon they all showed a slight wilting as if they need water. Since it is so hot (90-100 degrees) I didn't think much about it. I water every day, and sometimes twice a day if needed. By the next day they were dramatically wilted and unrecoverable. Soil is damp (not too much) and all the other plants around them are happy. At the base of each of these plants (but no other) there are small white round "beads" that look like the nonpareils (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nonpareils). The base looks whitish as well rather than brown like the other plants. The surface looks like mildew with these beads attached. The leaves of the plant are not discolored in any way, just wilted. The beans had not produced yet and the green pepper plant had produced on pepper, had one little pepper on the plant and several blossoms. The zinnias have been blooming nicely and have large bloosoms on plant upon death. There was no powdery mildew on any of the plants. All plants were very healthy until the day of their demise.



At the extension center, we cut base and stems and soaked in water an no bacteria streamed out.



Does anyone know where to point me for a solution? I have no idea if this is a disease or pest so I don't know how to protect the other plants in my garden.



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Re: death of a zinnea, bush bean and pepper plant

Post  Goosegirl on 8/11/2011, 5:51 pm

How big are the beads?
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Re: death of a zinnea, bush bean and pepper plant

Post  Denese on 8/11/2011, 7:47 pm

Maybe Southern Blight? Does it look anything like this?

http://www.seminis.ru/_images/disease_guide/pepper/18-3.jpg
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Post  HPartin on 8/11/2011, 8:21 pm

Denese wrote:Maybe Southern Blight? Does it look anything like this?

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I think that is what it is. In all my googling I never found that. I think this might be very bad news. Since this is my first garden and I have stuck to Mel's Mix, I guess one of my composts carried it in.



Thanks for your help.



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Post  Denese on 8/11/2011, 8:54 pm

Happy I could help, but sorry I was right. Sad However, I did find a website that might help.

http://msucares.com/newsletters/pests/infobytes/19961004.htm

It looks like it has some good info and advice for treating it. Good luck!
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