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Growing Rockmelon, also Canteloupe

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06 Mar 17 Trevor (Australia - temperate climate)
My rockmelon is rotting on the vine. The underside is being attacked by a mould on fungus. I have tried rolling the fruit over to have sunlight on all sides but it does not help. Even fruit hanging off the ground on a trellis is being attacked. Is there a spray or dust I can use to stop this problem?
08 Mar 17 John (Australia - temperate climate)
Any copper-based spray will work. As long as it is not applied excessively it is a safe spray to use. Rock melons are in the same family as pumpkins, zucchinis and cucumbers and are very susceptible to downy mildew and other fungal problems. To reduce the problem grow on trellises in a well ventilated spot. High humidity does not help the problem. Trust this helps.
09 Mar 17 Colleen (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
For a non chemical method, which I've used for many years, make up a solution of powdered milk and water the whole plant with it. For some reason the milk seems to either kill or neutralise the powdery mildew

For a non chemical method, which I've used for many years, make up a solution of powdered milk and water the whole plant with it. For some reason the milk seems to either kill or neutralise the powdery mildew

- Colleen

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