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Jun 3, 2020 8:39 PM CST
Pennsylvania
Hi!
I recently transplanted around 20 cosmo sprouts into my garden. Most of them are doing great, but I am noticing now some of their leaves are doing this weird curling/wilting thing. I admittedly have been watering them a lot recently, as they are in a raised bed with around 6-7 hours of sun so the dirt on top looked very dry and cracked. I am really hoping that this issue was caused by my over watering and not a bacterial wilt or some type of virus. Any info is really appreciated thanks! Smiling
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Jun 4, 2020 9:37 AM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
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Jun 15, 2020 7:25 AM CST

Hi! Did your cosmos improve? I'm seeing the same leaf curling in my young plants and I'm worried!
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Jun 15, 2020 2:01 PM CST
Pennsylvania
GardeningGreen said:Hi! Did your cosmos improve? I'm seeing the same leaf curling in my young plants and I'm worried!
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Hi!
I don't have an exact answer as to why it started happening but I did notice some issues with my cosmos that might be the cause. First off I was definitely over watering mine. Cosmos like dry conditions, so now I really don't water mine unless its been 5-6 days of scorching heat and no rain. Before this I was watering them everyday. Also, I did however notice after careful inspection that I had a small aphid infestation. They are really small green pear shaped bugs, and from what I have read online they suck the nutrients out of the leaves which can cause wilting. It took me a good while before I noticed them. I also have found these small green bugs with black wings on my cosmos. I don't know what they are but I assume they also might be damaging the plants, so I have started using an organic plant spray twice a day. I pinched off most of the already wilted branches and leaves, and after almost 2 weeks all of my plants look mostly healthy now. So they definitely can recover from this! Smiling
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