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03 Mar 19 Bec (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi, I’m based in Brisbane and have my second season of pumpkin plants in the garden, japs and blue, most likely. This lot have just sprung up from compost that wasn’t fully decomposed that I used to plant some sweet potatoes and other things in. My pumpkin vines are wilting quite badly and I have just read a bit about the cucumber beetle spreading bacterial wilt, which I will check for ASAP. Just wondering, if I do find the sticky, white strands, indicating bacterial wilt, do I need to pull out all of the effected plants? If I don’t find the bacteria present do you think the wilting may be caused by a bacteria in the compost? I thought the plants were just super thirsty so I was watering nearly daily but today we have had quite a decent amount of rain and this afternoon my pumpkin leaves are still wilting but when it cools down they have sprung back up again. It really hasn’t been very hot today, which is what encouraged me to research and ask.... Thanks in advance for your advice. Bec
03 Mar 19 Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have no idea - I had pumpkin plants through to Feb last year through temps up to 37 degrees - Bundaberg. They never looked wilted in the middle of the day. I did water each day though. I don't own the website I just comment.
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