Hi there. I’m a recent transplant to Hudson and spent some time last Spring and Summer transforming the patch of weeds in front of my house (South-facing) into a perennial bed. I had some good luck with several plants and it turned out really well for a first-year effort.
The biggest problem I encountered was with the Phlox I planted. The leaves developed a terrible fungus and it slowed its growth terribly. When I first spotted it, I did some research and decided to use an organic fungus-cide that I picked up at Storey’s. That worked alright, but the fungus came back. Then, I tried an organic remedy I found on the internet: spraying with a milk solution. That worked less well. The poor plants were so overcome with the black fungus that they eventually whithered without flowering late in the Summer. I finally cut them down.
Now they are starting back with strong green growth and I’m pleased, but I wondered if you had any advice for treating Phlox fungus.
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.