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Viburnum problem

Hi All,

Can anyone identify the problem on these viburnum. They are planted this year and were fine until a few days ago. They were sprayed with liquid fertiliser last week mixed with pesticide..... at least I hope thsts what it was..



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  • I guess the sprayer definitely not used for weedkiller?

    • PRO

      The new leavess look healthy . which viburnum is it Paul ? 

      A garden where i work has a mature viburnum burkwood which has a habit of sulking through the day , usually extremes too wet , too dry , too hot but perks up overnight . 

      It may just be reacting to the soaking from the spray but just a guess .

      • It's a viburnum tinus John... it's only a few at the front of the massief..the rest is fine..as I said above,I cant figure it out.... 

    • That was my reaction when I saw them.. but I have separate sprayers for everything so ,unless a bottle got mixed up.. which I cant fathom??



      • Are you watering them or is the customer? Could it be, they haven't been watered enough? 

        • Water is certainly an issue Dave. What a client and a gardener consider enough water can sometimes be miles apart. I have however always found viburnum tinus one of the toughest plants in dry shade. Anyway hopefully they recover!!!


  • PRO

    It is interesting that this question has been raised, and I can't offer any more advice than that given so far.

    However, I do have another question above Viburnum - Is it just me and my team - but we hate Viburnum! It can look pretty when flowering (if it flowers), but we find it truly horrible to prune and cut. We have several varieties on our sites that have a thick powdery coating on the stems. Even with masks on the powder flies everywhere when we cut it and chokes us all, and leaves us covered in a horrible itchy dusty goo when mixed with our sweat! (Not a pretty vision!). 

    Are we perhaps doing something wrong? We have seriously considered ripping them out and replanting. Any other advice would be most gratefully received, thanks.

    • Viburnum rhytidophyllum.  Horrible plant, I would always take it out if I had the chance.  If you have to prune it, do it on a rainy day.

      Never had a problem with any other variety.

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