black leaves on bottom of poppies - Knowledgebase Question

Madison, Wi
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Question by talerico
June 30, 2010
I have two poppies located next two each other, on the bottom of both the leaves have turned black and shriveled up even though other plants nearby are fine. What should I do?

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010
Poor drainage can clog the vascular system of your poppies and cause the stems to turn black; check to make sure you are not overwatering and that the soil drains quickly. If everything appears to be okay, you may be dealing with a fungal disease. Lots of sunshine and good air circulation all around your plants will help them avoid fungal diseses. I'd cut off the affected plant parts so the disease doesn't spread to your other plants.

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