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i planted the above plant this spring in conditions that should be favourable. now for the last month some of the leaves on some shoots look yellow with rolling leaves in places, please help, should i prune it well back?

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  • Posted: Fri. 2nd October 2009 12:38

Autumn is upon us!

Reply from Andrew Coggins

If the plant has only looked sad for the last month and not before I suspect it is just getting ready for autumn leaf fall. A lot of people worry un-necessarily at this time of year about poorly looking or diseased leaves on all manner of deciduous plants. Your leycesteria will lose most if not all its leaves in the coming months and what it is doing is absorbing back into the rest of the plant any goodness in the leaf before this happens. Leycesteria can be hard pruned I would suggest lightly cutting back the long growths now and if required pruning further in spring. But dont forget if it is in berry the birds will feed on these. If the problem has been going on longer or returns in the spring let me know, but I suspect all will be forgotten about. Best Wishes Andrew Pantiles Nurseries.

  • Posted: Fri. 2nd October 2009 21:11

Thanks for the reply Andrew!

Reply from Nicola

It is nice to see you here! Nicola

  • Posted: Sat. 3rd October 2009 13:03

Reply from Martin too

Reply from Nicola

Hi Anne,

Martin (WindyGale) has also posted a reply to you. To read it click here Ill plant

All the best Nicola

  • Posted: Sat. 3rd October 2009 13:03