What is Wrong with My Plant and How Do I Fix It?

August 7th, 2018

Are your plants leaves looking drab? Are they turning yellow or have white, dusty looking spots on them? Then your plants may have a deficiency or disease! Below you will find two types of problems that you may have spotted in your garden and the products you can use to treat them.

Iron Chlorosis

Iron Chlorosis occurs when a plant is unable to extract enough iron from the surrounding soil. This deficiency is common in soils that are alkaline and test with a PH ranging between 7.2 and 8.3. A way to tell if your plant is suffering from Iron Chlorosis is the discoloration of the leaves. This condition causes leaves to turn yellow with a network of dark green veins. If not treated properly and the problem continues, individual limbs and plants may die. 

Fossil Creek Nursery offers a handful of options to assist with Iron Chlorosis. We carry granular products such as Hi-Yield Soil Sulfur, Copperas, and Iron Plus Soil Acidifier or a liquid product such as Ferti-lome Chelated Liquid Iron to help treat this deficiency. When iron chlorosis advances to where the entire plant is affected, it can be very difficult to bring the plant back to proper health.

Powdery Mildew

Powdery Mildew is often found on older leaves first and can affect plant and vegetable growth. This disease is rare for most plants while others are very susceptible to getting Powdery Mildew. Shrubs such as Lilacs, Roses, Spirea and perennials such as Delphinium, Columbine, Bee Balm, and Verbena are all more likely to mildew.  To avoid Powdery Mildew, be sure to not over-water your plants and to water them in the morning. Leaving time for the plant to dry out before watering again will help keep mildew from forming. Another prevention method is to try to avoid overhead water by using drip irrigation or other methods that keep water off leaves.

A safe, easy solution that Fossil Creek Nursery offers is Neem Oil. Neem Oil is a natural pesticide that comes from seeds in the neem tree. It can effectively reduce or kill pests as well as prevent powdery mildew. 

If you have noticed a problem with your plants' leaves, stop in and talk to the friendly staff at Fossil Creek Nursery! The nursery has a variety of products to help suit your needs and as always, remember to read and follow all product instructions before applying to your garden.