RE: Benomyl/Benlate

From: Tom Massey (
Date: Thu Nov 04 1999 - 06:54:03 PST

Date: Thu, 4 Nov 1999 09:54:03 -0500
From: Tom Massey <>
Message-Id: <aabcdefg3698$foo@default>
Subject: RE: Benomyl/Benlate

I was slow to respond when someone said Benmyl had never been taken off the
market because I don't have any positive proof. But as I recall, Benlate
was removed from the market, at least here in Florida. Florida was hit very
hard with the contaminated Benlate. An article in the paper within the
last six months or so reported that the last lawsuits with Dupont had just
been settled. I had understood - or maybe presumed- that it was removed
from sale nationwide. GIven the lawsuits in Florida, I had assumed that
Dupont would not leave themselves open to continuous lawsuits around the
rest of the the nation. Obviously, it could be for sale in the rest of the
world where there is not a lawyer on every corner.

As for alternatives, I have used Captan, Zerotol (new one), Chipco, and
Alliette (sp). I use them according to label directions on outside growing
Neps and Sarrs. and for planting seed. I have not seen any damage to the
cp's, although Captan does seem to kill live sphagnum. Both Captan and
Chipco/Alliette work very well for controlling damp-off and other fuzzy
crap (to be technical) for Nep and Sarr seedlings.

Tom in Fl.

On Wednesday, November 03, 1999 8:07 PM,
[] wrote:
> Hello All!
> Since putting out a query a few days ago about Benomyl, I had several
> responses. I'd like to share what I found to be the most practical, but
> appreciate all of the information provided (thanks to Todd who e-mailed
> PIPs and G. Anderson's interesting history).
> This comes from Bill Weaver, and although he consented to my sending a
> summary, I thought it best to quote his advice in its entirety. For
those of
> you who wonder why they can't find it (John Wilden of UK), take note that
> is no longer available in California. I'm not sure what laws are
> outside of the US, but this may be key. If others have practical advice
> about fungicides they've used that have been successful, I think it would
> most helpful to e-mail the digest with solution information. Labeled
> don't seem to include CPs (not surprising, right fellow growers?). The
> following comes from Bill (thanks, Bill!):
> "I have found that an application of Benomyl (WP 50%) at a rate of
> 1.5 tsp per gallon gets rid of that orange spotting on Nepenthes
> leaves. It is also quite good at getting rid of powdery mildew on
> Sarr. I have not seen any bad effects as yet. But as with any
> Fungicide, BE CAREFUL! Fungicides have the difficult job of killing
> one plant (the fungus) without killing the other (your carnivore) as
> such, one should be very careful on more delicate plants like
> butterworts and ferns. Also, of course, take proper precautions to
> protect yourself from exposure. (Fungicides and people don't mix)
> I think the reason that Peter said that it was no longer available
> that he is in California (so am I) and it is no longer available
> Again, great advice, Bill!
> Thanks,
> Joe Lavrich

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