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Killer Plant Bug

Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,146

I wouldn't read too much into this as it comes from yesterdays Daily Express !image

The panic-mongering headline (on p.9) states "Gardeners are warned about killer plant bug heading for UK" . Xylella fastidiosa .

Apparently it restricts the movement of water in plants , and currently affects around 350 species throughout Europe .

I've never heard of it , have any others on the forum ?image

Last edited: 30 December 2017 16:32:53


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,877

    I think there was something about it in The Garden this month, but I just flicked through when it arrived . I've not read it yet.

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,146

    Hostafan1 and pansyface

    Just looked at your links , sounds pretty nasty ; like the botanical version of foot & mouth disease !

    I take back my (not so humourous now) comment re:- 'panic- mongering' . It may well be something TO worry about .image

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,877

    there has been discussion on the Hardy Tropicals page on FB that many palms are now being banned from import as of Jan 1st.

    I know it has to be done, but fear for the livelihood of some suppliers. 

    Last edited: 30 December 2017 17:26:35

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,146

    Just looked at the hardy tropicals link ; interesting but very sad . Have plant hygiene standards dropped ?

    In the early 1980's I worked at Whitestone Gardens in N.Yorkshire (defunct now) . Importation and distribution of mainly specimen cacti and succulents around the world was a major part of the business .

    Even UK raised plants had to have all traces of soil/compost removed 100% ; then immersed for a time in a disinfectant solution .

    Only then would the (then) Ministry of Agriculture issue a phytosanitary certificate authorising the exportation of the plants .

    At that time we trusted that other countries had similar strict standards .

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,877

    My Hosta supplier friend told me that Dutch nurseries are considered " clean " if 95% of plants are uninfected. 

    I was horrified that 5% of plants having some sort of ailment was considered "clean"

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,146

    Some of the large gardens we work in (E.Lincs) ; the ash trees are exhibiting dieback already .

    Being spread apparently by airborne spores , how on earth can this be contained ? Very worrying indeed.

    pansyface , you are undoubtedly correct in the assumption of lax hygiene standards in many companies .

    Inevitably we'll all reap the grim rewards image

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