cardoon collapse

schmidtkoffApril 20, 2012

my cardoon was growing so perfectly all winter. the leaves were huge and in early march it slowly began to fail and finally collapse. does anyone have and ideas. it did begin to have sooty mold and i did find lots of pill bugs around it.

i cleaned up all mulch around it and took out all dying and wilted leaves plus cut back all wilted leaves. perhaps should't have done that. the one photo shows the collapse, the red line around the cut back cardoon shows the stalk that had previously been hidden by huge leaves, about 2" around and 5" tall. anyone have any ideas as to what happened?

i would add that the poor thing does seem to be firmly rooted - thought of digging up and potting it. either way i don't have much hope for this one. i'm really bummed out. ordered 2 new ones from forest farm.

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here is a link to the other photo.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2012 at 2:59PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

uh, oh; 2nd image not available.

What is t=your USDA climate zone?

Since it lasted as long as it did, may be after effects of cold damage. Too bad, as they are stunning.

That said, sooty mold suggests it aphids, scale or mealybugs.

The pillbugs were just cleaning up the mess.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2012 at 10:49PM
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