Bad news

punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 5,494

Have just heard about a new strain of powdery mildew which affects Aquilegias.

It is fatal to affected plants, so any plants that show signs should be dug up and burnt.

It was found in about 5 known sites last year, including the national collection, and there is no treatment.

The picture that I saw, looked like powdery mildew on any other plant.

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  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 7,336

    Had read about that too - will keep an eye outimage

    The Stone Age didn’t end because they ran out of stones ......
  • 4thPanda4thPanda Posts: 4,145

    That doesn't sound good, esp as it's hit the National Collection image image

    Thanks for the info P'doc.

  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    Had powdery mildew on my Aquilegias last year, they got dug out and thrown away.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 45,148

    Oh what a bu$$er!  I visited Touchwood Aquilegias last year and bought quite a few plants back with me

    http://www.touchwoodplants.co.uk/aquilegia-downy-mildew.htm

    I'll have to keep my eyes peeled and my fingers crossed. image

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  • Lily PillyLily Pilly Central southern Scotland Posts: 3,278

    Can't grow them here for some weird reason. Have tried many times as I love them.

    hope not too many Gardeners affected.

    Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 15,618

    Verdun, the dreaded " hosta virus x" it even sounds sinister. ggrrr

    Devon.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 45,148

    I'm blaming that mild winter we had last year - so many bugs went on the rampage! image

    If you stop taking chances, you'll stay where you sit. You won't live any longer, but it'll feel like it.” 
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