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emma
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:27 pm    Post subject: Are my Gladioli Damaged Reply with quote

Hi Guys,

I was hoping that someone could help me please. I planted some Gladioli in my back garden in Spring & for a while they seems to be shooting well. There's still not flowering on them, but this isn't what I am worried about - the shoots are beginning to look "ripped" or "damaged". I have attached a photo or 2 so that you can see what I'm talking about...

I would really appreciate it if anyone could advise me.... thanks Confused



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michael brenock
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

probably caused by thrips small sucking insects that damage the leaves as they emerge. The warm spell of weather suited their development, no control on a growing crop as the products that were used are no longer available.
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emma
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 12, 2010 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Michael - but does this mean that the flowers are damaged and won't flower? Or should I just leave them as they are? Thanks
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 12, 2010 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

leave them be, the flowers will hardly be damaged but the quality will be impaired and the crop for next year will be reduced and it may not even recur next year.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 2010 3:50 pm    Post subject: damaged Gladioli Reply with quote

Hi Michael, I have the same prob as Emma,(damaged Gladioli). Is there any point in spraying or wiping the leaves with a washing-up liquid solution. I planted masses of bulbs and all have come up and it's a shame to see them looking so raggy now. Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad
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