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gardenman91gardenman91 BrightonPosts: 429
Hello everyone. So I have got a Geum Mrs Bradshaw which is flowering very well, however I’ve noticed that a lot of the leaves are brown and some are becoming crispy and slightly discoloured. It is in a south facing garden and the soil is primarily chalky below but has had manure and topsoil put in before planting. 

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

Many thanks
Josh
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  • Mary370Mary370 Limerick, Ireland Posts: 2,003
    I find the leaves go brown and crispy if they get dry.......it's been very dry, are you watering them?
  • AnniDAnniD South West UKPosts: 10,393
    If you have a lot of new green leaves, l would cut the brown ones off and give it a good drink  :)
    Geums can look a bit tatty by the beginning of Spring. 
  • amancalledgeorgeamancalledgeorge South LondonPosts: 2,306
    I agree with @AnniD those older brown leaves are usually the ones battered by the winter. As long as you have some fresh ones cut away. 
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  • gardenman91gardenman91 BrightonPosts: 429
    Thank you all for the advice. I don’t think I have many new leaves at the moment. Is it worth giving it a good drink?
  • amancalledgeorgeamancalledgeorge South LondonPosts: 2,306
    They should have a nice bushy crown of new leaves as they flower...you can't go wrong with watering a bit more. You can always post a picture so we get an idea on the overall habit. 
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  • gardenman91gardenman91 BrightonPosts: 429
    So here are a couple of photos 


  • amancalledgeorgeamancalledgeorge South LondonPosts: 2,306
    Goodness it's going for it! That's a happy plant. Just remove the individual leaves if it make you happy, plenty of lovely fresh ones. Mine are looking very happy too...wonder if the wet winter helped. 
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  • AnniDAnniD South West UKPosts: 10,393
    I wish my Mrs Bradshaw looked as good as that ! 
    I would just cut off any dodgy looking leaves, and if you think the soil is too dry give it some water,  getting the can spout right near the middle on the soil not the leaves. Hope that makes sense  :)
  • gardenman91gardenman91 BrightonPosts: 429
    Goodness it's going for it! That's a happy plant. Just remove the individual leaves if it make you happy, plenty of lovely fresh ones. Mine are looking very happy too...wonder if the wet winter helped. 
    Oh thank goodness it’s healthy! I was started to worry it would begin to decline haha. Thank you for the advice :smile:
  • gardenman91gardenman91 BrightonPosts: 429
    AnniD said:
    I wish my Mrs Bradshaw looked as good as that ! 
    I would just cut off any dodgy looking leaves, and if you think the soil is too dry give it some water,  getting the can spout right near the middle on the soil not the leaves. Hope that makes sense  :)
    Good advice again thank you :) I’ve just given it a drink in the middle funnily enough. I’ll go do some cutting back! As for the stems with faded flowers do I cut back down to the ground or to just where a leaf is?
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