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30/05/2013 at 22:59

Hi everyone 

Being a relatively new gardener, I do tend to panic if any of my plants isn't looking beautifully healthy.  I thought I'd try and see if I have anything to panic about by picking the forum's brains!

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 This is one of my dahlias I planted out this weekend.  I'm sure it's something obvious   but I'd like a second opinion! 

 

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 This is a dogwood which started out looking great but over the last couple of days has gone to look really sad! 

 

 

 

30/05/2013 at 23:02

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 This is a fuschia I overwintered.  I actually tried to overwinter 3 but only one survived!  Lots of the leaves look this funny colour - anyone know what's wrong?

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 Last one....this is one of two Agapanthus I'm growing for the first time.  The other one looks great but this one is a bit sad - anyone have any ideas why?

30/05/2013 at 23:03

Oh woops, forgot one.....

This is my spotted laurel, don't know what these brown spots are, but they seem to be spreading!

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30/05/2013 at 23:40

I'm pretty sure the dahlia damage is slugs/snails as I think you already suspect.  The dogwood might be the same, but could also be caterpillar damage - have a good look and see if you can find any leaves which have been folded and/or stuck together with what looks like a small amount of cotton wool - that's how many caterpillars make little protective homes.  The fuchsia looks as though it has been affected by the cold but should recover.  The agapanthus could be the same - some are more susceptible to cold than others, but also worth checking for vine weevils with those two.  There are several diseases of laurel which cause brown spots, but they usually recover.  I would remove the worst affected leaves though.

31/05/2013 at 08:17

My aucuba (spotted laurel if you must ) does this a lot. I don't think yellow leaves have the resistance to weather that green ones do. New healthy leaves always grow though.

31/05/2013 at 08:22

The good news is that I think all these plants will be fine. Try and protect the dahlia from slugs it is like caviar to them.

try not to worry too much about leaves that are not perfect most plants are like this.

31/05/2013 at 15:10

Thanks guys 

I've got some copper tape for my pots, must get round to putting it on.  I also used nematodes for the first time last weekend - fingers crossed they work! Expensive though....

This is a fab place to learn things, despite what may seem like silly questions, no one makes me feel stupid! 

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