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Subject: Daphne fungus or parasite
Category: General Interest
Posted On: April 10, 2002
Message: I checked my daphne to see if it was blooming and found an orange coloured growth on the stems. They are small, round and numerous on some branches, but absent on others. What is it and what can I do? By the way, it is beginning to bloom.


From: Robin (April 23, 2002)
Message: It sounds as if your daphne has Rust. Prune out affected branches where practicle to prevent it from spreading. To protect new growth, you can try spraying with Garden Sulphur or dusting it with Later's Rose & Flower Dust with zineb. If you have the deciduous February Daphne, before your daphne buds out next spring, treat rust with a dormant oil spray. This is a good clean up for any deciduous tree or shrub that was infected with insects or fungus during the previous growing season. Dormant oil cannot be used on evergreen plant material. Before treating with a fungicide, cut off a sample piece, seal it in a ziploc bag & take it to your local nursery to have it identified correctly.

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