Irish Gardeners Forum Home
 FAQFAQ   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 
Custom Search
   
Weather Report /
Moon Phase for Ireland

Post new topic   Reply to topic    Irish Gardeners Forum Home -> Vegetable growing, fruit and allotments in Ireland

dead courgettes!


 
Most Recent Posts greenhouse heating help needed
Last post: TMAK
Artificial lawn
Last post: leslie Wylie
hello everyone
Last post: cravings
Free Carbons
Last post: Micks Garden
 
Visit TheGardenShop.ie
Author Message
Linda
Rank attained: Hazel Tree
Rank attained: Hazel Tree


Joined: 20 Apr 2009
Posts: 2
Location: Cork

PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 2:02 pm    Post subject: dead courgettes! Reply with quote

Hi all,

I am new to growing vegetables and need some advice on growing courgettes. I heard they were easy to grow so I bought four courgette plants but they are dead already! I think they got the cucumber mosaic virus as the leaves developed white patches and shrivelled up and died. Is there any way of preventing this from happening again? Is there any cure? (I'm growing organically)
One plant seems to be doing okay but it still looks a bit sick, should I just throw this one away anyway?
Also I had them planted in pots, should I throw away the compost that the courgettes were planted in, is there a possibility of passing on the virus to new plants if I re-use the compost?
Thanks for your help

Linda

_________________
Linda
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
michael brenock
Rank attained: Chlorophyll for blood


Joined: 12 Aug 2008
Posts: 1275
Location: cork

PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

unlikely that it was mosaic virus that killed the plants. i would suspect either slugs or frost especially if one survived, check under the pots for a slug usually black or grey, feeding with a strong plantfood or putting on cold water is also bad and of course uneven temperature is not good either.
michael brenock horticultural advisor (retired)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Michael196
Rank attained: Silver Birch Tree
Rank attained: Silver Birch Tree


Joined: 24 Jul 2008
Posts: 194
Location: WEXFORD

PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HI linda

Where they indoors or outdoors?

Perhaps a tomatoe feed to the remining one if you think it may be under the weather.

If it were outdoors, maybe just out too soon. Target mid may for outdor planting.

dont be tempted to increase the recommended strength of the tomatoe fed by under diluting, as a concnetrated tomatoe feed will knock it dead overnight ( personal experience).
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Linda
Rank attained: Hazel Tree
Rank attained: Hazel Tree


Joined: 20 Apr 2009
Posts: 2
Location: Cork

PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 10:17 am    Post subject: dead courgettes! Reply with quote

Hi,

Thank you for your replies! I bought them the beginning of March but had been leaving them outside during the day and bringing them into the conservatory at night so maybe it could have been the change of temperatures. Next time I will try giving them tomato feed. Also, on a few occasions I saw green aphids on them so maybe they also added to the death of the courgettes?

Thanks

Linda

_________________
Linda
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Michael196
Rank attained: Silver Birch Tree
Rank attained: Silver Birch Tree


Joined: 24 Jul 2008
Posts: 194
Location: WEXFORD

PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

just checking a reference guide here, but no mention of aphids being a threat to courgettes,

looks like they should not be outdoors until end of may and into June, for harvesting in July.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Irish Gardeners Forum Home -> Vegetable growing, fruit and allotments in Ireland All times are GMT
Page 1 of 1

 

Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You can attach files in this forum
You can download files in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group

Privacy Policy | Copyright © 2006 - 2017 IrishGardeners.com (part of GardenPlansIreland.com)