Bacterial wilt is a common, often destructive, disease of cucurbits. This disease can cause nearly complete losses of a planting before the first harvest. Bacterial wilt primarily affects cucumber and muskmelon (cantaloupe). While squash and pumpkin are also susceptible, the damage to these hosts is usually less severe.
Bacterial Wilt of Cucurbits – Quick Facts (PPFS-VG-11 QF) is available online.
- For a more detailed treatment of this disease, see the full fact sheet, Bacterial Wilt of Cucurbits (PPFS-VG-11)
- For additional publications on vegetable diseases, visit the UK Plant Pathology Extension Publications webpage.
By Cheryl Kaiser, Plant Pathology Extension Support and Emily Pfeufer, Plant Pathology Extension Specialist