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Deformed pansy/viola growth

Hi.  I've got pansy's and viola's growing with 'deformed' flowers.  They look almost shredded.  No evidence of animal/fly damage elsewhere.  Leaves and stems quite healthy.  Plants are in different pots not all together.  Other pansys are flourishing which is odd.  
Deadheading is not stimulating new 'normal' growth.  Assume I'll need to get rid of plants but would like to know why its happening, can I rectify it and will it likely affect other plants.   


  • B3B3 Posts: 27,334
    Slug or snail damage when the flowers were buds
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,384
    Or pecking by birds.  My local flock of sparrows have young in the nests and I think it is why they are pecking at all sorts of plants and flowers here.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • herbaceousherbaceous Posts: 2,318
    I second the baby sparrows! They are such fun to watch but (like any toddler) quite destructive.......
    "The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it."  Sir Terry Pratchett
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,872
    Yellow flowers are especially attractive to sparrows, so that's most likely. :)

    Possibly some slug damage too. They annihilate pansies.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • AsarumAsarum Posts: 658
    I once had a beautiful male pheasant shredding some primula flowers in the same way!
    East Anglia
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