Entries Tagged as 'Disease'

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

What to do about creases in gladiola leaves?

TheGardenLady received this question from Jim. The leaves on a number of my gladiolas have developed a bend or a crease, often when they are nearing blooming, from which they never recover. This is so maddening! Yep, at about the halfway point in the long leaves, they just droop over, usually developing a crease, and […]

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Hosta Problems

TheGardenLady received this question from Pete (You can see images of his hostas above): I have many green hosta plants that for the last couple years have wilted leaves or are otherwise distorted.The plants are quite old but were always healthy till now. Any ideas? Though hostas are known to have few pest and disease […]

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Avocado Tree Problem

TheGardenLady received this question from Tricia. About a month ago I transplanted 2 young avocado trees (bought at the local nursery) into large containers (their spots in the orchard aren’t ready yet). I had watered them 2x/wk week in the beginning and then 1x the following week because the soil was staying wet and I […]

Monday, February 9th, 2015

A Sick Peace Lily

TheGardenLady received this question from Mary. I have a diseased plant. I believe it’s a peace lily. It was given to my family after my grandmother passed away and once it became diseased my mother wanted to throw it out but I wanted to try to save it; so I brought it to my house […]

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Black Spot on Roses

Black spot of rose Scot Nelson TheGardenLady wrote about the roses in her garden that get black spot.  Many roses, unfortunately, are affected by this disease. As I had written, one is never to water roses overhead. Mechanical watering devices that come on automatically at a set time are especially problematic in overhead watering. TheGardenLady […]

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Plant Diseases, such as Boxwood Blight

Boxwood Blight – Photo taken by Kelly Ivors One of the frustrations with gardening is the number of diseases plants get. And with the changing weather patterns, we seem to be getting diseases on plants that we never had in certain locations or diseases that are new. TheGardenLady is not a plant doctor. She always […]

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Pyracantha Shrub Diseases

Firethorn, Pyracantha, little yellow berries on bush, NC 280 and old NC 280 by Martin LaBar (on hiatus) TheGardenLady received this question from LaNelle. You have named several pests/diseases of pyracantha: Mine suddenly have limbs dying in the middle of limbs/trunks. These are established bushes for privacy fence. How can I save them? There are […]

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

Gardeners in the Northeast: Beware of Late Blight

The following article was not written by TheGardenLady, but she thinks it’s a valuable one that the public should know about. Irish Potato Famine Disease affecting Gardens and Farmers throughout the Greater Northeast Revised by A. Wyenandt, NJAES, Rutgers University and M.T McGrath, Cornell University – Original article by Thomas A. Zitter, Cornell University, Ithaca, […]

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Marigold Mystery

TheGardenLady received this question about marigolds. My marigolds are planted around the edge of the garden and watered 2x a week with the rest of the garden.  After a month they just started dying with no visible infestation.  Do you have any idea why?  Last year I planted marigolds in the same vicinity under a […]

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Gladiolus Leaves Turning Yellow

TheGardenLady received this question from Diane. I planted some Gladiolus bulbs in the spring and they were coming up beautifully. Today I noticed the leaves on one of them were turning yellow. I haven’t had any bloom yet but the stalks were very green and hardy. What can I do for this plant? Why would […]