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Plant health problems

A Wilting House Plant

Plants can wilt for a number of different reasons. These range from simply drying out to being attacked by a fungal disease that prevents the roots from absorbing water. A little investigation and insider information on how the plant has been grown should identify the reason.

Nitrogen Deficiency in a Plant

Nitrogen is a major plant nutrient needed by all plants in relatively large amounts. Luckily, it is part of just about every plant food, so it is easy to prevent and to remedy by feeding.

A Contrasting Example of Sick leaf

Sometimes, plant leaves change colour during the growing seasons – spring and summer. There are numerous reasons for this, so you'll have to become a plant detective, to see what has caused this.

Rose Suckers

Many grafted plants – including roses, ornamental trees and fruit trees – produce unwanted growth from the rootstock they are grafted onto. These suckers should be removed or they can spoil the overall growth of the plant.

Plant Die Back

There's nothing more disconcerting than seeing plants that you've nurtured, suddenly collapse and start to die back – especially if it followed by complete death!

A Close-up View of Blossom End Rot

Although blossom end rot looks like a disease, it is actually a 'physiological disorder' or general plant problem, caused by incorrect growing conditions.

Iron Deficiency in a Plant

Iron is a trace element or micronutrient, needed by plants in small, but essential amounts. Some plants, particularly lime-hating, ericaceous plants are more susceptible to shortages of iron in the soil or its unavailability.

Oedema on a Leaf

Oedemas look like a wart disease has attacked the leaves. But it isn't a disease at all - it's a natural reaction of many plants to overwatering or taking up too much water from the soil or compost.

Frost Damage on Plant Leaves

Although many plants we grow in our gardens are tough as old boots, frost, cold weather and cold winds can be fatal to some plants. Typical frost- and cold-sensitive plants include most summer bedding plants and annual herbs, such as basil.