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From: Jo Dibbern
Des Plaines, IL
I have grown morning glories for decades. They are so hardy and i love them. This year my reseeded Grandpa Otts in one sunny area are shrivelling - puckering. I have no idea what's going on. We are in the Chicago area. New ones of other varieties are not doing that- yet. The Otts in part shade in pots are not doing it - yet at least. Any idea of what's going on?

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From: Candice Hart
State Master Gardener Specialist
DeWitt/Macon/Piatt Unit
Hi Jo. That could be due to a variety of things. I would take a look at the base of where the symptoms are starting and see if there was possibly any damage along the vine somewhere that may have cut off water movement. Possibly an insect feeding on the vine or mechanical damage.

The other possibility could be a root issue that may be limiting water movement as well. If you dig up any of the root system and the roots do not look white and healthy, that may be a sign of a root rot issue. That is possible with the over abundance of rain some areas in the north have been having. Check out those possibilities first and see what you can find out.

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