cuts in lily of the valley leaves

mimerimJune 5, 2004

i planted some lily of the valley this spring. all of the leaves have developed cuts as if they have been scratched or as if something is eating them in lines. is this an insect? what do i do?



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I posted a photo in the Garden Clinic forum...

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    Bookmark   June 6, 2004 at 10:35PM
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Dagget(5/6 Central OH)

looks like how the leaves get later in the summer when they start to get dried out. I bet it is just transplant stress.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2004 at 11:02PM
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that makes sense. i will have to see what happens next year when they come back up. i don't plan on moving them again.


    Bookmark   June 7, 2004 at 10:37PM
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docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

I'm far from an expert, but I've had Lily-of-the-valley at three different homes during my lifetime and for 30 years they've always gotten those dry cracks once the heat of summer arrives. I was actually going to post a question whether it is OK to cut back the leaves once they start to get dry like that. I assume, though, that the plants need to maximize their photosynthesis over the summer to store energy in the rhizomes (I think that is what LOTV have). Maybe with a regimented watering schedule you could keep them from getting so dry. But, my suspicion is that this is a normal part of their life-cycle.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2004 at 2:06PM
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I agree with docmom. My lily-of-the-valley do the same thing.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2004 at 10:18PM
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shadeeladee(z5 KS)

Right, the only time I didn't have that problem was when I planted them under a water faucet.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2004 at 9:24PM
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