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?



Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

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

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   June 6, 2004 at 10:35PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I agree with docmom. My lily-of-the-valley do the same thing.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2004 at 10:18PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
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
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Flower suggestions for the front of my home
I would like to grow flowers in my front yard, but...
asm198 - Zone 6a (MO)
Starting a shade garden in central Maryland
I have started to read the forum regularly, so I thought...
My shade plant order just came in!
I ordered from Park Seed's perrenial sale and my plants...
Dividing some shade plants
Hi all! I have several out of control giant epimedium...
Columnar or Upright Evergreen for Shady Area?
Hello, I have a gate that's about 8' wide and 6' high...
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™