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What are my sunflower leaves telling me?

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 19:57

Thanks for the tip Dove, I'll keep them in mind!

rebecca hughes wrote (see)
I wonder if the sunflowers need feeding? They do grow really fast and make massive flowers, water well first tho

I've been trying to keep to a pretty regular feeding schedule, but that leaf damage just seems a lot more severe than it needing food

What are my sunflower leaves telling me?

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 07:14
SwissSue wrote (see)

Can only answer the one about the sweetcorn. I would say underwatering, that compost looks very dry to me.

Thanks, I'll get on that straight away (sorry for the double quote D: )

SwissSue wrote (see)

Can only answer the one about the sweetcorn. I would say underwatering, that compost looks very dry to me.

 

Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Is that fertiliser on the compost of the sweetcorn?  If so, that looks to be much too much!  Scrape most of it away and then give them a really good watering.  

Sweetcorn needs a lot of water and the compost looks very dry. 

I would fill those pots right up to the top, let it drain away and then do it again.  

I think the sunflowers are thirsty too and from what I can see again, if that's fertiliser remove it.  

As for the fly, I've had some similar ones on my roses - not sure what they are but possibly one of the parasitic ones whose larvae eat various pests.  I've left mine well alone 

Believe it or not it's slug repellant haha, I was a little taken aback by it as well but that's how it said to use it on the box.  I'll stick with pellets next time I think!

I'll make sure that's sorted then and fully water everything.

Ah fair enough!  My rose leaves have had a bit of a rough time due to caterpillars so I've been paranoid about anything I find on them but that's great to know.

What are my sunflower leaves telling me?

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 00:59

My sunflower leaves are looking very grim at the moment.  Almost all layers of the leaves are now showing problems and I am curious to know what it is.

It feels as though it will be something simple but as this is my first year gardening properly... well, we all need to start somewhere!

http://imgur.com/pyKd7hM

http://imgur.com/u8UJeLU  This one hasn't turned as bad as the first yet, but as you can see it's just starting up.

Also to save me from making a new thread I want to ask a couple more things here:

http://imgur.com/v7fRFu0  My sweetcorn leaves are starting to take on a yellow shade.  Although I know this is extremely vague, is it usually a sign of over watering or under watering?  It doesn't look too bad yet but it has been getting worse.

http://imgur.com/MnxsKDr  Any idea what this type of fly is (very large orange underbelly)?  It was latched tightly onto my rose bush.  It wouldn't even come off when flicked.

If anyone can answer any or all of these questions I would be extremely grateful, thank you!

Any idea what has been nibbling at my things?

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 01:54
Steve 309 wrote (see)

It's the little ones that do most of the damage.

You can say that again.
I do believe it was caterpillars doing the damage to the rose bush in the end.  Had another look under the leaves and found the fuzzy and colourful things a bit more grown up :P

Any idea what has been nibbling at my things?

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 02:31
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Look under the pots and under the rims of the pots - it's those sort of places that slugs and snails hide during the daytime.  

I'm giving my slugs some Slug Pubs - yoghurt pots with beer in, sunk into the soil - foolish things can't resist them and go and drown whatever sorrows slugs have.  It's not my fault if they can't hold their ale 

I will certainly be checking there next on the crackdown.

That is pretty amusing I gotta say   I'll have to try that trick out sometime, alcoholic slugs may be what saves me a lot of hassle next time round!

Any idea what has been nibbling at my things?

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 01:09
Steve 309 wrote (see)

The viola petals have almost certainly succumbed to slugs.  Pick 'em off by torchlight and cut them up or drop them in salt water.

Steve 309 wrote (see)

The viola petals have almost certainly succumbed to slugs.  Pick 'em off by torchlight and cut them up or drop them in salt water.

Thank you, I wouldn't have thought such small plants would support a slugs weight!

(No idea why this is double quoting all the time)

Lyn wrote (see)

Its slugs, on some but about 6 little pellets will do, you dont need to use all those! The rose will be poisoned by the pellets.

This year, my garden has been plagued with tiny shiney green beetles, they are now mating and are everywhere, they lay tiny orange eggs on the undersides of leaves. The only consolation is that they dont chew the leaves all year and new leaves will be ok.

They start of just on sorrel then go to any plants, 

My neighbour put them on the rose bush and the lid fell off... I'll take some out and use them elsewhere now you've said that though, thanks

That's good then, I'll keep a close eye on the new leaves.

Any idea what has been nibbling at my things?

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 22:47

Hey!
I am going to shortly be getting some pest spray to try and deal with a leaf and petal hole problem I've been having recently.

Although I am expecting this to work well enough, I would love to know what has actually been doing the damage if possible.  It'll be a lot easier to post Imgur links so I hope that is okay!  I apologize in advance - my phone has a terrible camera and some of the shots are a bit blurry.

http://imgur.com/HEIOFJM - Violas, this one has had a huge chunk taken and some smaller holes.

http://imgur.com/WbMU7fM - Rose bush (lower leaves)

http://imgur.com/Lzu6yoI - Rose bush (upper leaves, with some white markings)

http://imgur.com/BWolMAu - Pepper

http://imgur.com/Cyckrmd - Now here, I think I may have found a culprit.  The quality is terrible but you can just see a very small white tube-like thing.  It didn't have legs or anything and moved around by its body.  Could it be a baby caterpillar?

Thank you in advance - this is only my first year gardening properly and so if anything seems glaringly obvious I may very well have missed it anyway!

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