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Cytisus Luna, turning brown problem


 
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 12:57 pm    Post subject: Cytisus Luna, turning brown problem Reply with quote

Hi
I have a Cytisus Luna which I planted about 2 years ago. Up until a month ago it was a beautiful green and was laden with flowers late Spring early Summer. In the last month it has just turned brown, hasn't wilted or anything just brown. Everything else in the garden is fine.

I'm an amateur gardener so any advice on what has happened or if it is possible to revive it would be appreciated

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 5:29 pm    Post subject: Cytisus Luna problem Reply with quote

This is the plant that Avie is talking about, if thats any help to the other members.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 9:38 pm    Post subject: Cytisus Luna problem Reply with quote

Two possibilities are water logging and honey fungus.
If excess water is immersing the plants roots, it would turn brown as you described.
Did you apply an excess of water?
Has something changed around the plants environs that would have deflected excess water to its roots.

Honey fungus is a fungal disease which attacks many plants.
Check the soil around the roots of the plant, is there a faintly mushroom like smell.
If you scratch some of the bark on the broom, is there a similar mushroom smell?

Check into these two possabilities.
Also is there any chance the plant got a belt of a football or did it get a splash of weedkiller?

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2006 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the suggestions

The belt of a footballer is very likely!!
Nothing has changed in it's surroundings, I was asking in one of the garden centres and they said it may just have gotten burnt as the sun as been so strong this year.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2006 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Avie wrote:
I was asking in one of the garden centres and they said it may just have gotten burnt as the sun as been so strong this year.


Highly unlikely Avie.
Cytisus can often be found in very hot dry conditions in sandy soil.
I suggest removing the dead plant and as much of the surrounding soil as possible.
Renew the area with fresh soil, and plant a Cytisus again if you like, they are extremely fast growing.
Or plant a Phormium, they will survive many the football attack due to their flexibilty.

Let us know how you got on. Smile

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