Plant nursery reopens after myrtle rust
The Kerikeri nursery first hit by myrtle rust has been allowed to reopen for business.
Kerikeri Plant Production was closed down after reporting the fungal disease on its pohutukawa seedlings to the Ministry for Primary Industries in early May. Since then another 25 cases have been found, including two in Waikato and 21 in Taranaki.
The two other cases in Northland were at a residential property near Kerikeri Plant Production and a property in Taheke, west of Kaikohe. Kerikeri Plant Production’s Julia Colgan, who owns the nursery with husband Tom Lindesay, says they reopened on May 29. It had been a tough month, she says.
‘‘We’ve had a lot of plants removed and destroyed off site.’’
Colgan says all plants of the myrtle species - including pohutukawa, ramarama, rata, feijoa, eucalypts, manuka and kanuka - at their nursery had been destroyed and they were no longer selling them. They will be allowed to produce them ‘‘in time’’, hopefully by spring, depending on how prevalent and widespread the myrtle rust situation is, she says.
MPI is working with DOC, iwi, industry, scientists, and local authorities and continues to advise people not to touch plants that might have the disease, take a photo, and report it to 0800 80 99 66.