KC gardeners keep eye on flower disease

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- They are one of the most popular annuals, the Impatiens. A recent report about the spreading of a disease called "downy mildew" has gardeners in the metro fearing the worst. However, it's not a problem yet in Kansas City. At Soil Service Garden Center, flats of Impatiens are front and center in the garden center.

"Every year, that is our biggest crop," said Soil Service Manager Matt Archer.

Recently a newspaper article from Washington D.C. surfaced locally highlighting the disease and Archer says his center started recieving calls immediatly.

"We got many phone calls and many customers coming to us, very worried that they were not going to be able to plant these plants in their gardens going forward," said Archer.

Since 2009, It's spread to 35 states. Growers and homeowners have seen their brightly colored petals turn yellow and defoliate.

"If downy mildew makes it to this region, it is a game changer," said Archer.  "There is very little homeowners can do once they are infected."

Archer added, all the Impatiens in his store are locally grown in Spring Hill Kansas.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s