Real World Gardener Plant Doctor Treats Petal Blight

September 15th, 2014


 REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney, streaming live at and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network.


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Petal Blight on Azalea "Jennifer Susan"

with general manager of Steve Falcioni

Petal Blight.

Do you ever find it’s sometimes difficult to tell the difference between a fungal disease and insect damage?

Like what causes some leaves to distort and curl  either on roses, citrus and edible crops like capsicums.

But there’s no mistaking what’s behind this next problem because of the tell-tale signs on the flowers.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" />


Petals turn mushy before becoming papery and clinging to the bush

Don't let the flowers that have dropped from your camellia just lay there or the ones the cling to your azalea bushes in a brown mushy clum stay stuck to the bush. Pick them up or pick them off. Azaleas and Camellias especially are prone to the fungal disease petal blight.

By cleaning up around the plant you can prevent the spread of the disease.

If you have any questions or photos petal blight, drop us a line to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.



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