Help requested - Brunsvigia josephinae rot <:-(

Robin Carrier
Sun, 16 Oct 2011 18:15:42 PDT
what  interesting and inspiring information.  thank you.

robin carrier

From: "steven hart" <>
Sent: Sunday, October 16, 2011 6:06 PM
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Subject: Re: [pbs] Help requested - Brunsvigia josephinae rot <:-(

> O what a catastrophe !!!   I hope this helps you & others...  I have had
> this happen to Brunsvegia Josephinae crosses too, after repeated goat
> attacks & with heavy spring rains at the same time. The little buggers
> !...  I am predominantly an organic gardener, but have some prior
> experiance in the field of rots from my wholesale nursery days.
> I always keep some Fungarid handy for emergancies, so i used that. It is a
> systemic fungaside 250g/kg FURALAXYL it targets dampening off & root rots
> caused by Pythium & Phytophthopra & i also found it successful with
> Rhizoctonia amongst other things. I have saved commersial batches of 
> several
> thousand plants at a time, in rows that 100 plants a night would die, so 
> it
> has well & truly proven its self to me. Mine grew a whole new centre 
> almost
> from the outside in, it took forever though. The same thing happened with
> a beautiful pastel pink Belladonna & i was sure it was done for, i could
> stick my whole thumb inside it, same treatment & it threw a bunch of 
> offsets
> & then after the second season it grew a new centre the whole time it held
> water like a cup but was healthy inside so it did not rot again.
> If i thought i was going to loose any of my cantelabra lilies i would  try
> anything, fungicide, sulphur dusting, cleaning, i have even been known
> to scrup out really bad rots in deep wounds with a cut down tooth brush
> dipped in dilute chlorine, then rinse with water & fungicide, the sweet
> little Bandicoots cause the wounds by mistake ( Bandicoot a little forest
> animal about the size of a cat that love digging deep down beside bulbs to
> find grubs & worms) a few of them can dig hundreds of fist size holes in a
> night, most people would hate that but i use them to my advantage & 
> roughly
> scrape mulch soil or sand into the holes & the water penetration is
> excellent, the bulbs flourish thanks to the little critters.
> I bet my last remedy raises an eyebrow ! I hope there is no other organic
> gardeners watching, i can here them whispering "chlorine" what was he
> thinking he he :-)  But now days i usually leave it to byodiversity & i
> rarely ever have any problems unless it is a byproduct of something like a
> goat attack....My gardens are ritch with organic material which i till 
> over
> regularly & the worm & bacterial & fungal growth is excellent, my bulbs 
> grow
> like crazy !
> I really hope u are successful in saving your bulb, it still looks very
> savable to me.
> Steven Hart, Esk Sub tropical Queensland Australia
> On Sun, Oct 16, 2011 at 11:41 AM, Ken <> wrote:
>> I discovered some rot in the upper old leaf bases of this Brunsvigia
>> josephinae.  It bloomed in August and September this year ... and we had 
>> a
>> freak heavy rainstorm then followed by warm weather ... which I suspect 
>> is
>> responsible for this rot.  Any suggestions on treatment?  Sulphur?  A
>> fungicide?
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