How can I help my buxus!

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    Hello,

    So my buxus has lots of leaves turning yellow, I don't know if this is blight or I have just over watered as the soil is damp and the pot does have a drainage hole at the bottom which was wet to. So any advice on what to do would be fab as I really want to try and save it!
     

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    Hiya Zoe and welcome to GC..:dbgrtmb:...

    Hmmm it looks a bit poorly...first thing I'd do is check the drainage in the container...any holes in the bottom I'd give them a poke and see if water comes out..they don't like sitting in the wet.I'd also give them a top dressing of Bonemeal...and a foliar feed of Epsom salts...:blue thumb:..also what compost is it planted in?..John innes No3 would be the best option...Trying to cover all bases..:thumbsup:
     
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    Hello! So I checked the hole at the bottom last night as it was quite wet, we put stones at the bottom when we got it last October I think it was but the stones are quite small so maybe it hasn't helped the drainage. And yea we got John Innes no 3 at the time. I am a complete garden amateur so the bonemeal do I just put that on top and what do I do with the Epsom salts?

    Also do you think its not blight then?
     
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      Yes bonemeal on the top and water it in.....the epsom salts a couple of scoops in a watering can and water it over the foliage .I'm by no means an expert but I am Buxus barmy and know how much Buxus cost so I try everything to bring them back.Is it in direct sunlight ? if so I'd pop it in some semi shade to see if it aids the healing process ..:blue thumb:
       
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      Okay fab I'll give it a try! And it's in shade most of the day until about 4/5pm then the late afternoon sun hits it. Maybe if I have overwatered it I should repot it, what do you think?
       
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      I think i'd raise the planter,it looks like it's on the ground...just by an inch to to let the water get away. Really hope it works..:dbgrtmb:
       
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      I think it might have root rot?
       

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      I think you have Box Blight I am sad to say @zoecarter_ have a look HERE
       
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      I thought that to begin with but it doesn’t match the symptoms online about the leaves being brown and black stems and white spores on the underside of the leaves so I’m not really sure
       
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      Hmmm :scratch:I'm still thinking it's got too wet...to be on the safe side if you have any other Buxus keep that one well away just incase it is blight as Marley says...:blue thumb:
       
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        Killed with kindness perhaps.;):smile:
         
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          My action would be to sort the drainage out first.
          Not keen on bonemeal ....I know it’s often recommended
          It might be blight but first things first.....the drainage. And I wouldn’t repot just now :)
           
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