Southern AG Insecticides Liquid Copper Fungicide is the best way to protect all kinds of plants from problems caused by bacteria and fungi, including all kinds of algae and ball moss. All these diseases can cause serious issues with your garden, algae on your lawn, or the trees on your property. That is why you need protection against these bacteria and fungi based issues and the best protection is Southern AG Insecticides Liquid Copper Fungicide.
The control of diseases with fungicides is based on prevention: plant surface must be completely covered with the fungicide to successfully prevent infection. Use the highest indicated rate per crop when disease incidence is high or expected to be, depending on rainfall and temperature. The low rate is suitable for general preventive sprays under normal conditions. Since weather conditions and disease incidence vary, consult your Agricultural Extenion Service for timing and initail application.
Partially fill the spray tank/container with water, add the desired add Liquid Copper Fungicide last. Agitate the tank during mixing and application, until tank is empty. A plastic or metal stirring stick should provide adequate agitaition. Observe all cautions and limitations on labeling of all products used in mixtures. Start with clean equipment. Equipment shoud be flushed well with water after use.
APPLICATION: Dilute Spraying: Apply specified rate 2 gallons of water per 1000 sq. ft.
Orchard and Grove Spraying: Applly specified rate at 9 gallons of water per 1000 sq. ft.
FRUIT AND NUT CROPS
Apply to foliage after harvest annually for red varieties and once every 2 to 3 years for yellow varieties.
Apple scab (black spot), bacterial canker, blossom and shoot blast
Apply post-harvest before fall rains.
Apply at 10%bloom and repeat at 5-7 day intervals during the bloom period. Do not use on copper-sensitive varieties.
Apply when the flower buds begin to swell and continue at monthly intervals until August.
Apply every 3-4 weeks.
2.5 fl. oz.
Mix in 1 gallon of water. Apply directly to the fruit stem and include the basal portion of the leaf crown. Apply during the first and second weeks after fruit emergence.
Apply with a spreader-sticker before fall rains and again 4 weeks later.
Apply with a spreader-sticker before fall rains and again 4 weeks later. In the spring during wet weather, apply at 10-14 day intervals beginning at leaf emergence.
Anthracnose, leaf and cane spot, purple blotch, yellow rust
Apply when leaf buds open. repeat when flower buds show white and continue at 10-14 day intervals.
Apply in 4 gallons of water per 1000 sq. ft. Make applications on a monthly basis. A maximum of 3 applications may be made.
Apply in June and continue at monthly intervals through August.
Apply weekly from the time the panicles are 2" in length until all fruits are set and monthly thereafter until August
Apply as a dormant spray. Make post-bloom application at 1/2 tsp. per gallon at first and second cover sprays. DO NOT spray later than 3 weeks prior to harvest. DO NOT use at rates above those reccommended. NOTE: Slight defoliation and spotting of leaves may occur from use in cover sprays.
Blossom brown rot
Apply as a dormant or delayed dormant spray. Can use with dormant spray oil. Do not apply at or after full bloom.
Leaf curl, shot hole
Apply at leaf fall to protect buds and shoots from infection during rainy periods. Reapply up until late bud swell. Do not apply after full bloom.
Shuck and kernel rot, zonate leaf spot
Coverage at 2-4 week intervals starting at kernel growth and continuing until shucks ope. Use the higher rate and shorter interval if frequent rainfall occurs.
Apply at 10% bloom and repeat at 5-7 day intervals throughout the bloom period. Do not use on copper-sensitive varieties.
Apply as a dormant spray. Apply only at bud break to control primary infection.
FIELD AND VEGETABLE CROPS
Beans, Peas, Lentils (succulent and dry)
Bacterial blight (halo & common)
Apply when plants are 3-5 inches high and before diseases appear. Repeat at 7-10 day intervals or at 5-7 day intervals under severe disease pressure.
Cercospora leaf spot
Apply when disease appears making 3-6 sprays at 10-14 day intervals. Apply more frequently under severe disease pressure.
Early and late blight
Apply when plants are 6" high. Make 3 to 5 applications at 7-10 day intervals.
Apply by ground or air when disease appears and repeat at 7-10 day intervals.
Alternaria blight, anthracnose, phomopsis
Apply before disease appears and repeat at 7-10 day intervals.
Downy mildew, purple blotch
Apply when plants are 4-6 inches high and repeat at 7-10 day intervals.
Bacterial spot, cercospora leaf spot
Make first application upon emergence of seedlings or immediately after transplanting and repeat at 7-10 day intervals. When disease is severe, apply at 4-5 day intervals. NOTE: Disease control is critical during fruiting.
Early and late blight
Apply on first appearance of disease and repeat at 7-10 day intervals.
Anthracnose, downy mildew, cercospora leaf spot
Apply on first appearance of disease and repeat at 7-10 day intervals.
Leaf spot, scorch
Apply at 7-10 day intervals from the time new growth starts until harvest.
Bacterial speck, bacterial spot, early and late blight
Make first application upon emergence of seedlings or immediately after transplanting and repeat at 7-10 day intervals. When disease is severe, apply at 4-5 day intervals. Complete coverage is essential for disease control.
NOTE: While the labeled rate is particularly effective against bacterial spot, a tank mix with Maneb or Mancozeb used at the labeled rates controls a broad range of diseases.
2 fl. oz.
Apply in the spring when ball moss is actively growing, using 1.5 gallons of spray per foot of tree height. Make sure to wet ball moss tufts thoroughly. A second application may be required after 12 month.
Begin applications before disease appears and repeat at 10-14 day intervals. Apply at 5-7 day intervals during periods of heavy rainfall. Use higher rates when conditions favor disease.
NOTE: Liquid Copper Fungicide may be injurios to ornamentals grown under live oaks. This product may be reactive on metal and masonry surfaces such as galvanized roofing. Avoid contact with metal surfaces. Do not spray on cars, houses, lawn furniture, etc.
To control algae in turfgrass, apply 1 pint Liquid Copper Fungicide per 1000 square feet in 5 gallons of water. Liquid Copper Fungicide may be used alone or in combination with other registered fungicide as a maintenance spray. Observe all precautions and limitations on the label of each product used in tank mixes.
NOTE: Phytotoxicity may occur depending upon varietal differences. Do not apply in a spray solution with a pH of less than 6.5.
ORNAMENTALS Notice to User: Plant sensitivities to Liquid Copper Fungicide have been found to be acceptable in specific genera and species listed on this label, however, it is impossible to know sensitivities under all conditoins and phytotoxicity may occur. Due to the large number of species and varieties of ornamentals and nursery plants, it is impossible to test every one for sensitivity to Liquid Copper Fungicide. Neither the manufacturer nor seller recommends use upon species not listed on the label nor has it been determined that Liquid Copper Fungicide can be safely used on ornamental or nursery plants not listed on this label. The user should determine if Liquid Copper Fungicide can be used safely prior to use. Use Liquid Copper Fungicide on ornamentals in greenhouses or shade houses indoor and for control of bacterial and fungal diseases of foliage, flowers and stems. Apply as a through coverage spray using 2 tsp. Liquid Copper Fungicide per gallon of water. Begin application at first sign of disease and repeat at 7-14 day intervals as needed; use shorter interval during periods of frequent rains or when severe disease conditions persist. Liquid Copper Fungicide may be used alone or in combination with other registered fungicides as a maintenance spray. Observe all precautions and limitations on the label of each product mixed with Liquid Copper Fungicide.
I consider this an organic fungicide and have used it for dozens of years. In the past, when I followed directions and sprayed before signs of a fungal infection, and keep it sprayed per directions, I was able to keep squash alive from spring to fall. I use it on tomatoes, potatoes, squash, melons, cherry trees, grape vines, apple trees, etc. This product works!
Supposed to kill ball moss but after two applications ball moss healthy as ever.
Thank you for your comments! You may need to make a second application after 12 months to effectively kill ball or Spanish moss on Live Oak trees when used at the listed label rate. Keep in mind that killing the moss does not remove it from the tree, so you would still need to mechanically remove dead moss if it becomes an undesirable sight. This article from Texas A&M Forest Service has additional information about this plant:
At what temperature can I use Liquid Copper Fungicide?
Like most products, Southern AG Insecticides Liquid Copper Fungicide should not be used in temperatures over 85 degrees. We usually recommend to spray early in the morning or in the evening when the temperatures are usually cooler. Spraying in the heat of the day will cause the foliage to burn.
How do I know if Southern AG Liquid Copper Fungicide is expired?
Most chemicals do not provide expiration dates. Instead, they provide the date of manufacturing on their bottles. As long as the product was stored in a cool, dry place then the shelf life of most concentrates, such as Southern AG Liquid Copper Fungicidewill be about 3 to 5 years from the date it was opened.
How much liquid copper fungicide do I mix with a gallon of water?
The rate of Liquid Copper Fungicide you will use with water is entirely dependent on what disease you are treating for and on what type of plant. If you follow the link below to the product page for the Liquid Copper and scroll down, you will see a chart listing out the different dilution ratios for each disease and plant. You can also look at the Liquid Copper Product Label for more detailed usage instructions to meet your needs.