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Potato foliage problem or disease even!!!


 
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Loncey
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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2011 7:06 pm    Post subject: Potato foliage problem or disease even!!! Reply with quote

Last week here in Achill we had strong warm winds that lasted a week and Im not kidding when I say strong winds or lasting a week. Since the gales my potato stalks in their potato bags have all withered and crumbled and gone black. Its almost like they are burnt. The potatoes in the plot though are fine but in the other areas outside the plot are also crumbled and blackened.
They are in an open space but we have had winds here before, I mean my house is in a wind tunnel no shelter. Any ideas as to what has happened to all my plants? I have 6 bags and pretty much all are like this and I would really like to know why.....
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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2011 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the stalks may have been damaged by the wind by having the leaves broken off the main stem. It will set them back a bit but they will recover. Check and see if the leaflets have become detached from the main stems. Those that have become detached will wither and die. They will change colour from green to yellow then brown and finally black. A rot or mould may Botrytis,set in on them. if it is wind damage then they will crop later.
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