Posted: 07/09/2016 at 09:29
Phytophthora is ever increasing and wide spreading and causes diseases and death to all sorts of shrubs and trees now. noticeable more in conifers I think where we notice an initial bare spot or two. Over the past 5 to 10 years I am more aware of people losing plants to it.
"hot summer" Tetley? Many here have been complaining about the lack of sun this year. Don't think it is weather related. I think plants adapt to variable weather conditions well enough. Alarming signs of phytopthora, for me, include a relentless spreading of dead and dying areas.
Amy, plants get diseases as we do. We also grow plants from all parts of the globe and expect them all to thrive in our gardens.....we just assume plants from South Africa, Australia, Mexico, etc., will grow alongside our indigenous varieties and to do as well. Viruses are on the increase now too for which there is no cure. pests and diseases once to be found only overseas are now here.
Not all doom and gloom........new resistant varieties are being bred but we will lose some of our old favourites too.
The moral is enjoy the plants today. Don't get everything as plugs to see flowering in a few years' time. Grow something for NOW
right, I'm off
Last edited: 07 September 2016 09:30:21