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What’s caus­ing my aga­pan­thus flow­ers to be de­formed? Julie Southall, Dews­bury, W York­shire This is a con­di­tion known as fas­ci­a­tion. It can oc­cur ran­domly or in re­sponse to dam­age to the de­vel­op­ing bud, by in­sects or other causes. Where it re­oc­curs year af­ter year, the causes are likely to be ge­netic mu­ta­tion or in­fec­tion by virus or bac­te­ria. Why do my broad beans do so badly? Eileen Peltit, Tun­bridge Wells, Kent With dry springs now in the south east, I find spring-sown broad beans strug­gle. Au­tumn-sown beans do bet­ter for me. ‘Su­per Aquadulce’ is a good va­ri­ety for sow­ing in Oc­to­ber or Novem­ber. Seedlings will make good root growth be­fore the cold weather. What has caused the dis­tor­tion on my grape leaves? David Polden, Bex­ley­heath, Kent The dam­age is caused by mi­cro­scopic eri­nose mites. They suck on the sap-re­leas­ing chem­i­cals that cause the fo­liage to blis­ter on top and form dense, felty masses of cream hairs be­neath. In late sum­mer, th­ese dry up and be­come brown­ish. There are no pes­ti­cides avail­able. For­tu­nately, the fruit re­mains un­af­fected. Why is my beech hedge dead in places? Mrs M E Arm­strong, Omagh, Co. Ty­rone It isn’t un­usual in ma­ture beech hedges to have some older stems die off. Clear out the bot­tom of the hedge, re­mov­ing them to­gether with weeds and de­bris. If plants are dy­ing in suc­ces­sion, I sus­pect honey fun­gus. Re­move them and a cou­ple of oth­ers on ei­ther side and re­plant with some­thing re­sis­tant.

Fas­ci­a­tion on aga­pan­thus

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