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Hellebores - black spot?

chickychicky SurreyPosts: 10,281

I have a patch of hellebores (about 10 of them).  They didn't flower very well this year, and now all the leaves that have come up are distorted.  i think its black spot, although the black is in patches rather than spots.

Is there anything I can do ?  Or am I going to have to scrap the lot image?

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  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 10,281

    Great advice Verdun ......thats what I will doimage.......now, which ones to choose to move ???

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    As one who grows fungus for a living....I concur! They like it warm and wet.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Derbyshire but with a Nottinghamshire postcode. Posts: 16,387

    Is it black spot or helleborus black death? , which has distorted leaves as one of its symptoms. I had one plant that I bought from wyevale with it. I dug it up and took it back before my other plants were affected. It is caused by a virus transmitted by aphids. It is also known as hellebore net necrosis virus

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 12,766

    As fidget says, there is a great deal of difference between black spot, which many Hellebores suffer from, and, don't necessarily cause too many problems, and, Hellebore black death, which is fatal.

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  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 10,281

    Ok - now you have me worried enough to go out taking pictures in the rain ....so definitely black, but do you think it is spot or death imageimage

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    .....gulps, nervously

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Derbyshire but with a Nottinghamshire postcode. Posts: 16,387

    Hmm, black streaks following veins, I'm veering more to black death than black spot..

    Verdun, what do you think. If it's black spot it's far worse than any I have had. Old leaves I just cut off, but if these are the new leaves, cutting the infected leaves off will probably kill the plant anyway.

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    Mmmmm looks systemic rather than topical chicky. I'm thinking not good news but we'll await the oracle.

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