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Old July 1, 2022   #3
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Location: Greenville, SC
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That variety didn't do well for me. In fact, nearly all the striped varieties I have tried here are disease prone and don't make it. Read up on Southern Stem Blight. Very prolific in the south. You'll know from the whitish fungus at ground level just above and just below the soil line on the stem. A helpful preventative is to wrap the stem (just below and just above soil line) with aluminum foil at planting time. I wrapped all my maters this year and still managed to lose 1 plant (out of 36) so far to SSB.
I see you are growing in containers. SSB naturally occurs in the ground soil, so it would've had to somehow contaminated the containers.
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