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Do my balls have blight?

I have two box balls that have been in terracotta pots for a couple of years in a very shady spot between my bamboos. (I'm amazed they're still alive to be honest as I've probably let them get too dry, and there was a bit of a build up of dead boxand bamboo leaves in the top of the pots). 

I was going to move them to a better spot but found a few dead bits lower down on the plant. I cut these bits out and took the  pictures here. 

I have no idea whether this is box blight or just the result of my neglect. Does anyone have any ideas?


  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,679
    It could be unfortunately but I suggest you cut out all the dead looking bits, feed and water it well, then turn the pot regularly a 1/4 a time so all sides get the light. Alternatively, after cutting all the dead bits (and clean your secateurs afterwards), you could tip them carefully out of the pots if that's possible, cut a third off of the roots and put new compost/manure in the bottom of the pot and repot, then feed and water.
    Good luck.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • Mr. Vine EyeMr. Vine Eye Posts: 2,387
    *Sniggers at the thread title*
    East Yorkshire
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 3,996
    *Sniggers at the thread title*
    ditto ;)
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,423
    Close up of some of the dead bits

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  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,423
    edited March 2019
    Could mites have done this? The 'healthy' leaves do have a slightly stippled look to them.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,284
    Looks like a fungal rot, but box blight is normally brown.  Same thing applies though. Cut out the dead stuff. Sterilise secateurs  between each one with methylated spirit wiped on blades.  Give them plenty of air circulation.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,284
    P.S . You gave me a start with the background, my first husband came from Old Basford.
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,423
    I shook the plants over a sheet of paper this morning and I think it's safe to say the plants have spider mites. Whether that's related to the dead bits I'm not sure but I'll cut out the dead stuff, and treat for the mites before moving them back into the garden.
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