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EDP Norfolk - - Gardening -

I had some blight on my box plants last year which I re­moved, but this year it is much worse. How can I con­trol it? With the wet spring and early sum­mer, fun­gal dis­eases have been preva­lent this year. Box blight, which is dif­fi­cult to con­trol, has been a par­tic­u­lar prob­lem - it is very im­por­tant to re­move and de­stroy in­fected ma­te­rial as soon as it is seen. Also clear in­fected leaf lit­ter which can har­bour the dis­ease for many years. There are fungi­cides avail­able con­tain­ing tebu­cona­zole which can help con­trol the dis­ease. An­other al­ter­na­tive is to re­place the box with a plant such as Ilex cre­nata - a small leaved Ja­panese holly - which looks very sim­i­lar to box and can be used as top­i­ary or hedg­ing.

Box blight

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