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a couple of years ago I borrowed some stuff called Bumper which cleared up the rust on my leeks. Its probably banned now.

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Norman Pritchard
a couple of years ago I borrowed some stuff called Bumper which cleared up the rust on my leeks. Its probably banned now.
Adam Pasco

No, I haven't heard of that product. Like so many garden chemicals, this one has probably been withdrawn from the market. Only a very few remain, which is why it's so important for gardeners to look for cultural ways to avoid/control problems, and choose resistant varieties where possible.

However, I'm not aware of any varieties of garlic that are resistant to garlic rust. Perhaps the weather won't be so wet this year, and the garlic will grow well. Fingers crossed!

Adam Pasco
I've just checked, and I think Bumper is a commercial fungicide, so should not be used by amateur gardeners.
Hello Adam, What do you do with the plants that have been affected (all leaves are covered with rust). Are the bulbs still edible? Could I just cut off the leaves but leave the bulbs in the ground to mature or do I have to discard the whole crop?
Thank you.
Minna

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