Does anyone know what is wrong with my Geum. The leaves keep growing disfigured and mottled.
Should I just cut the diseased leaves off or get rid off the plants
They don't look too happy do they, but I'm not sure why.Could there be something in the soil that is affecting them? were there plants growing there before that were ok?If the soil is good, then I'd say wait and see what happens
The Geum were little plants off a larger plant. I had them in pots and the leaves were like this so I planted them out in the flower bed that I have been revamping hoping that they would do better.
Now I worried that I have made a wrong move in case the other plant that are near them get affected.
I don't have any geums Rosie, so I have noting to compare it with. It may be the plants are just settling in. I'd keep them watered and see how they go.
Maybe someone who has experience with these may come along with other suggestions
Hi Geums need a well drained humus rich soil. They do not do too well in heavy clay soil so a good bit of soil conditioning is required plus some grit to prevent any possible water logging
Rosie, my geum was moved six times, five times it did nothing the six and last as I told it bloom or the compost heap. That did the trick it found the place it loved and has bloomed year on year since growing and spreading. As above it is in well drained gritty soil, I mulch with good compost mixed with some fine grit and washed sand yearly after flowering. Your soil needs some grit and sand mixing into it or move to a position where it gets more sun. Top growth will die off then it will come back next year, patience is the gardeners best tool, we wait and see and that is years not weeks.
Both my Bradshaws haven't grown this year. I've had 6" leaves since the Spring and nothing else. I lifted them and both had loads of tiny curly little worm-like thing all around the roots. These plants didn't grow well when I first bought them and they've only ever bloomed once and then, nothing.I gave the roots a good clean and a trim and have re-planted them - so hoping for something next year. Other geums in the same soil have always done really well - so I'm suspecting both plants came with whatever has caused the problem. It's frustrating as I thought they were pretty expensive when I bought them, but as ever I was desperate to have Bradshaws and they were the only two I could get locally.
Thank for all the replies and advice
Hello Rosie Cupcakes
I was just googling to see if I could find an answer to the same problem, both my Geum 'Blazing Sunset' and Geum' Lady Strathenden' look just like the photo of your plants.
My plants are grown from seed from a good seedhouse, they are still in pots - recently repotted. I don't recall seeing this problem last year. I keep cutting off the affected leaves and get rid of them. I am thinking it is a minute insect causing the problem, I have seen something similar on the leaves of a pear tree. I have just moved the plants to stand out in a different position in full sun in the hope they will grow vigorously and overcome the problem.
It does not seem to be affecting Geum borissi 'Cooky', 'Rivale' or 'Leonards Variety' that are in the ground.
Has anyone found a solution?
Rosie, I think it is mosaic virus, take a look at this interesting website: https://www.almanac.com/pest/mosaic-viruses
I have a stunted ranunculus which produced leaves not unlike your geum's. The usual advice is to get rid of the plant, but I just pinched off the affected leaves and (hope) the next ones are healthy.
greenfingers steve says:Hi Geums need a well drained humus rich soil. They do not do too well in heavy clay soil so a good bit of soil conditioning is required plus some grit to prevent any possible water logging
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Good point, that soil looks quite heavy. I've got a few geums in good crumbly soil in sheltered sunny positions, I water them weekly with tomato food and they look perfect. Purely by chance, I was just lucky that the gaps available to plant them in turned out to be the right spots.