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AliceB

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Disease or die-back?
« on: April 30, 2017, 09:51:08 PM »
I have a M. napaulensis or similar parentage unknown but bought from the Mec group a year or so ago and had hopes of a flower this summer. The foliage is now turning a tan pink colour though still in good shape. While it was just the lower leaves it was not a worry but now the centre leaves are turning. Any idea if this is diseased or just die back? It does not look too bad in the attached photo but the whole plant is affected. Quite a pretty colour but not natural.

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Re: Disease or die-back?
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2017, 10:16:40 PM »
Never seen anything like this before, definitely a science answer needed here. It will be interesting to see how the growth develops.

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Re: Disease or die-back?
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2017, 08:28:34 PM »
The centre looks strong and may have a flower developing but the plant in general looks very unhappy. As it is in a pot, it might just be too little / too much water because of the lack of natural watering.

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Re: Disease or die-back?
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2017, 10:01:58 AM »
I'm not a meconopsis expert but if I saw this on a cabbage I would put it down to dryness or lack of nutrients. Has the compost dried out & won't re-wet? Try standing it in water (with half-strength fertiliser added) for a few hours & then let it drain.

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Re: Disease or die-back?
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2017, 01:18:39 PM »
Thanks. It did dry out at the start but has been kept moist since then with a saucer under to avoid draining through. I think you may be right on the feeding. New leaves come up looking good but ‘go off’. Although it is definitely a single plant it seems to have two centres so maybe two flowers. Anyway, it shall have some feed tonight.