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Has my Buxus got blight or have I overwatered it?

So this pot has a little drainage hole at the bottom but I checked and its quite damp, so was the square patch underneath the slate pot. So not sure if I have overwatered it, shall I take it out and check the roots and if its not too bad get some new soil maybe put something else at the bottom so it drains better?


  • HelixHelix Posts: 631
    Hmmm, you may have box blight.  I can’t tell from your photo, but have a look here to see if the picture looks like your young stems
  • I've had a look but my buxus doesn't have any black streaks and the leaves are yellow not brown so maybe its not blight! I'll popped a few leaves in a bag with a wet tissue to so check if there's white spores
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,029
    Is the pot off the ground? It's always better if pots aren't in direct contact with the soil below. A few pot feet, or bricks would do the job.
    I think that's more likely to be weather related. Is it windy in that spot? They often get a bit of scorch from sun as well. It could be a combination of those. Wind and sun dry foliage out very quickly. A shadier spot is usually better for box.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Its just flat on the ground at the moment when I pushed the pot over a bit the ground was quite wet underneath, didn't know you could get pot feet will definitely get some thank you :) The front of the house is in shade until late afternoon so that's when it actually gets some sun for a few hours. I'm going to double check later how the roots are doing as I read if they are brown not white then its root rot, not sure if that's right?
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