1. Photo Competition
    MAY'S PHOTO COMPETITION IS OPEN!

    The theme this month is "Made it through the winter" so get your best falsetto voices ready and show us what has been Stayin' Alive

    Please Click Here!

Box Blight..

Discussion in 'Pests, Diseases and Cures' started by lolimac, Dec 29, 2019.

  1. lolimac

    lolimac Total Gardener

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2019
    Messages:
    1,312
    Gender:
    Female
    Location:
    East Riding of Yorkshire
    Ratings:
    +4,396
    As some will know I have lots of Box hedging in my garden ..I'm quite obsessive about it..
    I've done much reading up on it..but I have yet to find out if Blight is apparent how fast does it travel ? it's said it spreads rapidly but how rapid is 'rapid ? I'm uncertain of a 'patch' on my Rose Parterre which I found late August and have since been treating it with 'fungus fighter' it hasn't moved thus far .I'm hoping it is Ok because if not my garden is ruined.
     
  2. Sandy Ground

    Sandy Ground Total Gardener

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2015
    Messages:
    2,262
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Making things of note.
    Location:
    Scania, Sweden
    Ratings:
    +5,356
    The first thing that really needs to be done is identify it properly as being Box Blight. If that is what it proves to be, then I can explain how it is being treated with success here. Its a three stage process developed in the Netherlands. Unfortunately your box will lok bad for a time, but it will recover.
     
    • Informative Informative x 1
    • Friendly Friendly x 1
    • lolimac

      lolimac Total Gardener

      Joined:
      Feb 4, 2019
      Messages:
      1,312
      Gender:
      Female
      Location:
      East Riding of Yorkshire
      Ratings:
      +4,396
      Thanks for the reply @Sandy Ground :thumbsup:

      I've just been staring at the Box and the patch I've been spraying with fungus fighter is looking a bit better..(first pic) but further along that same section is looking very dodgey now:gaah:(pic2).

      That part of the parterre in the most shadiest and dampest spot of the garden .

      P1100863.JPGP1100864.JPG

      Apologies for poor quality photos.
       
    • pete

      pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

      Joined:
      Jan 9, 2005
      Messages:
      37,995
      Gender:
      Male
      Occupation:
      Retired
      Location:
      Mid Kent
      Ratings:
      +57,074
      Well if it is Blight, I think old Monty Don gave up on it and dug all his box out.
      I'm assuming he would have access to most chemicals that are effective.

      I've a few box plants in my garden and touch wood they seem to be alright.
      Mine is cuttings from basically wild trees, not the varieties sold at garden centres.

      Just wonder if it's mostly affecting the cloned stuff rather than the more robust kinds.
       
      • Informative Informative x 1
      • Sandy Ground

        Sandy Ground Total Gardener

        Joined:
        Jun 10, 2015
        Messages:
        2,262
        Gender:
        Male
        Occupation:
        Making things of note.
        Location:
        Scania, Sweden
        Ratings:
        +5,356
        As can be seen from this photo of a typical Swedish churchyard...

        013.JPG

        ...box hedging is used quite extensively! A few years ago, many of these churchyards were devastated by Box Blight. Initially, there was not much success in eliminating it, but that was then. Nowadays, they use the method developed in the Netherlands I mentioned.
         
        • Like Like x 2
        • Creative Creative x 1
        • lolimac

          lolimac Total Gardener

          Joined:
          Feb 4, 2019
          Messages:
          1,312
          Gender:
          Female
          Location:
          East Riding of Yorkshire
          Ratings:
          +4,396
          Well you'd be hard pushed to find any of my Buxus that hasn't got blight...:gaah:I've been faffing with it for nigh on a year now ,using fungus fighter plus but to no avail....it's had it:mute:....was going to cut it right back but can't face looking at it like that sooooo....it's got one last chance...rightly or wrongly I'm going to douse it in Bordeaux mix...just for the hell of it...:paladin:
           
          • Like Like x 2
          • Friendly Friendly x 1
          • Loofah

            Loofah Well used member Staff Member

            Joined:
            Feb 20, 2008
            Messages:
            8,082
            Gender:
            Male
            Location:
            Guildford
            Ratings:
            +13,023
            Didn't get box blight here but the box caterpillar has gone to town! There was a long hedge before we started building and it was devoured, other local hedges have the same issue. Oddly I have a box plant in the border which is around 15ft and is untouched, maybe due to strong growth??
             
          • Black Dog

            Black Dog Gardener of useful things

            Joined:
            Feb 4, 2021
            Messages:
            508
            Gender:
            Male
            Occupation:
            It's a secret
            Location:
            Germany (Emsland, Zone 8b)
            Ratings:
            +977
            Best thing that ever happened!!!

            I was afraid I had to deal with those box bushes for the rest of my life after buying them together with the house. My wife liked they but in my eyes they are absolutely useless for nature.

            So when the box blight came i had a good excuse to root them all out (some survived at first, but a handful of caterpillars did a good job).

            Now we have an almond tree, blueberries, aronia bushes and thornless, non invasive blackberries. A big improvement
             
          Loading...

          Share This Page

          1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
            By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
            Dismiss Notice