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Syracuse, NY
SRRN
Aug 15, 2017 3:57 PM CST
I have a pretty serious fungal outbreak in a gorgeous peony hedge. I already plan to cut back and clean all up in fall, but my question is if I do it now, will I be damaging next years blooms by not giving the plants enough time to store food from it's (pretty blackened or grey powdery) leaves? Is early cutdown the lesser of 2 evils? I am in NY, zone 5
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Cat Lover Raises cows Region: Wisconsin
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AnnaZ
Aug 17, 2017 8:36 AM CST
SRRN, I can't answer your question, but I had the same issue. A friend and I did some landscaping around our church parsonage last year. There was a peony that we left there and when I went to look at the whole deal a week ago and see if it needed more mulch put down (yes, it did) I saw that the peony foliage was mildew-y looking and it was all flopped over. I know it says you shouldn't cut them back till about October, but it was unsightly. We took our chances and cut it off and will burn the foliage we cut. If it doesn't come back, it's not the end of the world.
Syracuse, NY
SRRN
Aug 18, 2017 5:12 AM CST
Thanks, Anna! It's done; I hacked the whole hedge down then pored baking soda moved in water on the bed hoping to kill any leftover spores. Now just hoping for the best for next years blooms....
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Cat Lover Raises cows Region: Wisconsin
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AnnaZ
Aug 18, 2017 5:50 AM CST
I have not heard of the baking soda thing............what are the proportions? I can go do that to see if it helps next year.
Syracuse, NY
SRRN
Aug 20, 2017 3:44 PM CST
AnnaZ said:I have not heard of the baking soda thing............what are the proportions? I can go do that to see if it helps next year.


It is a heaping tablespoon of baking soda diluted in 1 gallon of water- meant to be sprayed on leaves, not sure if it will do any good poured on the soil, but it is my 2nd Year of fungal problems, so I thought it was worth a try!
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Cat Lover Raises cows Region: Wisconsin
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AnnaZ
Aug 20, 2017 4:32 PM CST
Ok. Thanks.

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