Hi. I'm curious why my European Wild Ginger has some brown edges on some...

Asked September 6, 2013, 9:08 PM EDT

Hi. I'm curious why my European Wild Ginger has some brown edges on some leaves. I planted them about 5 months ago. I used yard compost (no chemicals). I planted 9 in shade. Only some of them have brown on the edges. In taking the photo I now see some leaves are dead.

Multnomah County Oregon

1 Response

We don't see any disease that matches this in the literature, so we suspect that it is a cultural problem, i.e.problem with the growing conditions.

The dead leaf margins point to a root problem. That could be a rot caused by standing water in a poorly draining soil (they like well-drained moist soil) or it could be the opposite issue of not enough water. Either condition kills roots. Eventually the plant dies.

You might want to try contacting your local extension office for more specific information tailored to your area.

ECN