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I think I have box blight starting up

Hi there, I think I have box blight starting up in our box hedge, is there anything we can do now to help stop the spread, unfortunately it's so wet at the moment and I know you have to wait until its dry to cut out the dead foliage. I can see it spreading and want to know if there is anything I can do to stop it before it gets alot worse?

From what I have read it says to wait until a dry period how long does it need to be dry for (as it seems to be a very wet november) any help much appreciated.


  • RubytooRubytoo Posts: 1,464
    Are you sure it is box Blight and not box moth caterpillar damage?

    If you are not sure , if you could possibly post a clear close up shot or two of areas with damaged leaves.
    I tried to zoom in but my eyes are not working well this morning.

    This link is to a site that sells hedging, no affiliation with them but their descriptions and advice are pretty good and clear for helping to identify the problems , until other members can give some answers.

    Good luck, I gave up on ours with Moths . How encouraging of me, sorry. ;)
  • The leaves are falling on the floor and not beeing eaten unfortunately so definitely blight 😞
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,143
    I've enlarged the photos as much as l can on my tablet and can't see any signs of webbing etc which would indicate caterpillars,  but at this time of year it's not as obvious as it would be in early Summer. 
    If it is blight, as you say it's unfortunate that it's appeared at this time of year as things become very wet.
    You could at least clear up any fallen leaves etc from the base of the plants. If you find any tiny green "pellets" on the floor, those are one of the signs of box caterpillars. 
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,067
    That happened to my box hedge last year. I sprayed it several times with fungicide and it seemed to recover. It was looking good all summer, but just recently it started looking like yours, so it's happened again.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • What product did you use out of interest?
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,067
    Provanto Fungus Fighter.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
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