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Problems with petunias & Buzy-Lizzies


 
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rayd
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2008 2:20 pm    Post subject: Problems with petunias & Buzy-Lizzies Reply with quote

Hi,

I have Buzy-Lizzies and Petunias that I bought as plugs which I potted out in 8'' pots when they were fully mature (they were in full bloom).

All of a sudden the leaves started to die on both leaving bare stems with full blooms, which of course later died as the leaves were gone. I didn't spray anyything near the plants and the roots were prefectly intact when I dug up the plant.

Any pearls of wisdom would be appreciated.

Regards
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi rayd. This leaf loss is caused by shock of some kind I reckon. In my own case this has happened before due to forgetting to water at one stage then as the Buzy-Lizzies started to wilt, I flooded them too much with water. A famine followed by a feast. My bedding got a shock I think and lost the leaves just like yours with flowers remaining for a while.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thinking shock here myself, possibly from the transplant. So a water or soil shock is my guess. What type of growing medium did you transplant into rayd?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Dr Sunny & Sandra,

Thank you for your prompt replies. The medium was a combination of soil and compost but I think you both hit the nail on the head, especially in light of the wet summer we've had.

Thanks again
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rayd wrote:


Thank you for your prompt replies. The medium was a combination of soil and compost


That could be it alright.
Avoid the option of just using soil direct from your garden to fill your containers.
It may harbour pests, plus it tends to compact to a hard mass within the container after repeated watering.

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