We’re Still Selling Busy Lizzies!
Impatiens or Busy Lizzies as they’re commonly known are one of Britain’s favourite bedding plants. Unfortunately last year, Impatiens suffered from downy mildew across the country. Controls failed and many infected plants were sold throughout the UK. This lead to one of the biggest outbreaks recorded and affected gardens, nurseries and local displays affected.
This year unlike many other companies we will still be selling Impatiens. None of our plants were infected but many became infected when planted in soil carrying the disease. If, last year your Impatiens were affected, please plant this year’s blooms in a different place or make sure your garden soil is completely free of the disease.
The strand of downy mildew was infecting Impatiens walleriana, the common busy lizzie, and not to any other types of busy lizzies. It is not capable of spreading to other plant species. Mildews in general are very common and nearly all of them are host specific, so Rose Mildew will not spread to another plant species in the same way that Impatiens Downy Mildew won’t spread to another plant species. It is possible, however, to have a number of these mildew diseases present in a garden all at the same time.
Symptoms of Impatiens Downy Mildew seen last year included yellowing of the affected leaves which were shed from the plant very quickly, sometimes a white fungal growth was visible on the underside of the leaves and the leaves decayed rapidly and flowers were also shed. Plants were reduced to bare branches with small tufts of leaves and a few flower buds at the growing point. Some plants just disappeared. If you recognise any of these symptoms, please make sure you plant in a new place.
You can find out more about infected Impatiens here.
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