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Mare’s tail or Agapanthus?

Hi

I recently bought an agapanthus in the green from a very reputable garden centre. I potted it into a pot with brand-new compost, and the leaves have been looking very healthy. However when I looked at it today, I noticed what appears to be mares tail growing through it! Do the young agapanthus flowerheads look like this, or do you think my plant is contaminated?


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  • Have you got a photo you could post on here? The roots of agapanthus do look a bit like mares tail though
  • jayne10bjayne10b Posts: 95

  • jayne10bjayne10b Posts: 95
    I've just looked online, and I'm sure it's mare's tail.  I can't believe that I've bought this plant - if I'd have planted it into the garden it would have been a disaster.  
  • Yep looks like mares tail!
  • Bee witchedBee witched Scottish BordersPosts: 870
    Hi @jayne10b,

    I'm 100% certain it's mares tail.
    I would carefully tip the whole plant out and sift right through it all and take out any suspect bits. Then repot the agapanthus and "quarantine" it for a year or so. If you get any more mares tail then repeat the process.

    I would want a full growing season ... at least ... of it being clear before putting into a border.

    I would also speak to your supplier and show those photographs. They really should be offering a refund (I wouldn't want a replacement from them).

    Bee x
    Bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey   
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 45,984
    Yes - at least cut off that fruiting body before it goes everywhere!
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • jayne10bjayne10b Posts: 95
    @Fairygirl @Bee witched @kt_jones123

    I didn't realise at first, what it was, but something was niggling that it didn't look right.  I have left the fruiting body on there for a few weeks because I didn't realise.  I'm not bothered so much about the pot, but does anyone know how far the spores spead?  Do you think the fruiting body looks mature enough.  The main garden is about 5m away from where the pot is.  No signs of anything in there yet, but that is my bigger worry.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 45,984
    Just cut it off. It will chuck seed everywhere if you don't.

    Then you an tackle it by following @Bee witched's advice.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,268
    Fairygirl said:
    Yes - at least cut off that fruiting body before it goes everywhere!
    Absolutely ... and put it in a plastic bag and seal and bin. 

    If it happened to me, if it weren’t for the lockdown the suppliers would find it back on their doorstep first thing tomorrow morning 😡

    As it is ... I’d send a firm email with photos telling them you want your money back!!! 

    Then I’d bag and bin the lot. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 45,984
    If it wasn't so clearly entangled with the plant, you could remove the fruit, then crush the foliage and apply a weedkiller, but it's not advisable in the circumstances.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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