CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - Impatiens plants are at risk for a fungus spreading all over western Massachusetts.
Concern for the fungus known as Downey Mildew is on the rise across the state.
On Tuesday, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources sent out a warning to gardeners about this fungus which first showed up in Massachusetts two years ago.
"Downey Mildew" is an airborne fungus but it only affects regular impatiens and no other plants.
Once you're impatiens are infected, there is no cure.
Peter Furnari, a 16 Acres Garden Center employee, told 22News, "It'll start underneath the leaf and it'll be a white fuzz underneath the leaf of the impatien and it'll go up the plant and pretty much in a weeks time it will kill the plant, it's aggressive.
If your impatiens become infected, throw them out and don't compost them.
You can replace your infected impatiens with other plants or even different types of impatiens which are immune to downy mildew.
Using a fungicide on uninfected impatiens can reduce their chances of contracting Downey Mildew. The wet weather makes it easier for fungus to grow.