Outer Leaves Dying

amarillo19(9 Florida)May 27, 2009

I have my violets in wick pots. The outer leaves are losing color, developing a mushy brown spot and falling off. The roots seem to follow the wicks into the water, so the roots are coming down with the wick. When I check the soil it seems to be moist mostly around the stem. They are still flowering.

They have been in their wick pots for a year and I haven't changed the soil. The soil is the recommended proportion of peat moss, perlite and vermiculite.

Could the problem be more than a soil change need?

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fuzzyleaves(5)

You definitely need a soil change. The symptoms you have described are too general for me to figure out what it is, though. Try working through it with Doctor Optimara (link)

Here is a link that might be useful: Doctor Optimara

    Bookmark   May 27, 2009 at 3:14PM
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amarillo19(9 Florida)

Thanks fuzzyleaves. I checked Dr. Optimara and there are so many things it could be, I can't determine anything. It seemed to have spread between plants and is more affecting the lighter leaved AV. The darker leaved ones don't have it as bad.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2009 at 8:37PM
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bspofford

I would go with the obvious before other things....these plants desperately need repotting! If the roots look healthy and no signs of pests, that may do the trick. A year in the same soil is way too long.

Barbara

    Bookmark   May 27, 2009 at 9:43PM
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amarillo19(9 Florida)

Thanks. I've been putting of changing the soil.

Ann

    Bookmark   May 28, 2009 at 9:41AM
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nwgatreasures(7)

I recommend that you change the soil out every 5-7 months - sometimes sooner if the pot is smaller.

You definitely need a repotting session :)

Dora

    Bookmark   May 28, 2009 at 1:23PM
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