Rainlilies & Stagonospora

Ina Crossley klazina1@gmail.com
Sat, 07 Dec 2013 00:29:57 PST
That is fascinating, and makes sense.  Certainly worth a try.

Thank you Mark!


Ina Crossley
Auckland New Zealand zone 10a

On 7/12/2013 9:23 p.m., Mark BROWN wrote:
> Dear Ina and all,
> as an avid galanthophile I have had 30 years of experience with dealing with Stagonospora of which all collections of amaryllidaceae are rife.
> I have discovered that it is really only a problem when growing in a sterile medium.
> Nature abhors a vacuum.
> So whenever staggy rears it's ugly head I reintroduce mycelium rich leafmould around the roots.
> Staggy is gone in the next season.
> I notice that under confers, pines especially, the humusy layer is full of benficial mycorhiza.
> More and more gardeners here are using this leaf litter which we call "gremil" here, when planting.
> I have saved many a snowdrop using this method. Just replant with leafmould rich in those white threads and say goodbye to staggy.
> I am testing commercial fungal innoculation powder but so far the results are not as encouraging.
> Keep your soil sweet as the old gardeners used to say. I remember working with and old style gardener years ago who would not have dreamed of making composts without live leafmould.
> Mark
> Haute Normandie,
> France
> " Message du 06/12/13 22:43
>> De : "Ina Crossley"
>> A : "Pacific Bulb Society"
>> Copie à :
>> Objet : [pbs] re Rainlilies which like it wet
>> I find it interesting that the Rainlilies which like moisture, like
>> Zephyranthes atamasco, I hav managed to kill off most seedlings with
>> kindness as to moisture levels. I now grow mine like the restof them
>> and so far all is good.
>> The reverse side of this is that Stagonospora is a problem. I have not
>> yet found a suitable fungicide. Was sold one yesterday but I see it is
>> aimed at powdery mildew and black spot, whatever that is. As it cost
>> $80for a bottle, have emailed the manufacturer for information."
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