Basic Fungicide Recipe

  • 1 ts baking soda
  • 1 litre water
  • 1 ts dish soap or safer's soap

Mix together, spray on. Be sure to cover the complete plant, including stems, leaves and top of soil. Also be sure to spray both sides of leaves. Spray every 3-5 days to control the problem, especially while weather conditions favor fungal diseases. Use as a preventive every 2 weeks.

There is a product link to Safer's End All on Amazon here.

Here is the biggest bag of Baking Soda you will ever find to buy on Amazon!

Best Botrytis Buster (Bordeaux Copper Fungicide Mix AKA Bordeaux Mix)

If your plants suffer damage through the growing season or start to show botrytis spots, immediately spray with this mix! Most popular with lily gardeners is the use of copper fungicide because they are safe and effective.

  • 3 1/3 tablespoons copper sulfate powder form
  • 10 tablespoons hydrated lime powder form
  • 1 gallon water
Lily crowns sprayed with Bordeaux Mix
Lily crowns sprayed heavily with Bordeaux Mix

Dissolve copper sulfate in plastic or glass container with 1/2 the water thoroughly, leave it sit and come back later if you have to, it MUST be dissolved and warm water facilitates this. In a separate plastic container mix the lime powder very well with the rest of the water. Slowly pour the lime mixture into the copper mix, stir thoroughly before use. Spray with a plastic sprayer, metal cannot be used with copper! Be sure to shake or stir up the mix as you spray so particles stay suspended in the water and do not settle.

Copper sulfate is often referred to as bluestone, and hydrated lime is the same as calcium hydroxide. Both are readily available at farm supply stores such as Peavey Mart or UFA (in Alberta). It may be difficult to find smaller bags of these key elements for small garden use.  I encourage everyone to get together with garden friends or garden groups to purchase the big bags if that is all you can find, and share the expense.

Click here to find a small  1 pound bag of hydrated lime on Amazon. I was unable to source the correct type of copper sulfate there.

This is an age old copper fungicide recipe that in my opinion still works the best, is the cheapest and covers the widest range of fungal problems on the widest range of garden plants - if you grow roses you should know this simple spray will outperform ANY product you can buy to control rose diseases!

Davidson Bordeaux Recipe

wilsons-bordeauxThis recipe was sent to me by Mr. Dennis Davidson.  This is another version of a copper fungicide recipe. Here's what he had to say:

I developed a formula that is easier to mix and achieves the same results - total control.

  • 2 ml Wilson's Bordo Copper Spray Powder
  • 2 ml Laters Phaltan (Folpet 50%)
  • 1 litre water

Dennis says "With either this formula or yours, greater effectiveness can be had by adding a surfactant (soap for instance).  Keep shaking sprayer tank as you spray.  I find too that spraying upwards to hit the undersides of the leaves can give even better control.  Repeat spraying after a rain or fog is important.  Who cares if the leaves are blue?  Better than brown, rotting and dead!"

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