leaves on daphne
HAVE a daphne that is only a year old. It bloomed on every stem,
but now most of the new leaves are curled up, though it doesn't
seem to have been eaten and otherwise appears to be growing well.
The leaves are not yellow. About 60cm away I very carefully sprayed
the young leaves of some alstroemeria with Amitrole and these are
going quite yellow. Could this have affected the daphne?
possible the Amitrole could also be affecting the daphne, but I'd
expect the daphne leaves to show some yellowing, although that may
still happen. On the other hand, curling leaves is often a sign
of infestation of pests such as aphids.
Remove one or two of
the leaves, unroll them and look for anything that might be hiding
there. If you do find aphids a spray with a general insecticide
under the leaves should solve your problem.
It's worth remembering
Amitrole leaves a residue in the soil for four weeks or so after
application, so let some time elapse before you replant or sow seeds
in that area, although it will probably take longer for the alstroemeria
to completely die off and you may even have to give it another treatment
to completely eradicate it.
Gardener, Issue 189, 2005, Page 24
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.