The Four Letter Word Hits My Garden
This has been some two weeks for me, and I seek your advice regarding RUST on my daylilies.
Two weeks ago I took my camera to the woods, which I do frequently, and I got off the trail and headed toward a beaver dam. I went through some heavy brush, which I've done a million times, and as I ducked under a canopy of vines I emerged and ran right into a tree and a little nub where a branch had broken pasted me right in the left eye. It was excruciating, and I had to drive myself to the ER. For a week I pretty much avoided the light and stayed indoors. A few days ago I finally felt like going out and looking at the flowers closely.
To my horror, what I thought was just simple leaf streak on my daylilies two weeks ago is rust, and it has traveled to multiple plants. I did the white tissue test, and the coppery powder came off on it, so it is definitely rust. Two plants were so bad that I immediately dug them up and discarded them.
Are they all a total loss? Is there anything at all I can do?
Any advice? I suppose I can at least report to you guys as to which varieties are most resistant.
Mike in SC