Vegetables and Fruits forum: Rust on Swiss Chard

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AlohaHoya
Jun 28, 2012 12:32 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
With a VERY wet spring, I am getting lots and lots of rust on my SC... Any cure (other than moving to the desert?)...controls? Would appreciate any help!
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Imagebitbit
Jun 28, 2012 1:11 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
That's not a problem I've seen - one reason I love growing chard so much is that nothing seems to affect it.

Finding a safe fungicide that you can use on leafy greens is going to be tricky. I wonder if there's some way to dry them out (without moving to the desert!)... maybe some kind of roof or cover over the bed to keep the rain off it?

How thickly planted are your chard plants? I know when I was having a lot of fungus problems on my tomatoes, a heavy pruning to improve airflow did wonders. Perhaps you could harvest a bunch of leaves or whole plants so that there's more airflow through the bed.

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