Chrysanthemum Woes - Knowledgebase Question

David City, NE
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Question by dckirby
February 14, 2000
For the last 2 seasons, the leaves on my mums die from the bottom up & then hardly bloom. They are in mostly sun and get waterly regularly. The Asters that are in the same bed do the same thing. Is this a bug or a condition of the soil?

Answer from NGA
February 14, 2000
The symptoms you describe sound suspiciously like Verticillium wilt, a fungal disease. Both chrysanthemums and asters are susceptible and if they're growing in the same bed, it's likely the soil is infected. If it were my garden I'd remove the diseased plants and grow something else in their places. If you really enjoy mums and asters, plant them in a different sunny bed or in containers.

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