Problem with new Box hedging

TheH Hazel asked 11 years ago

I planted this hedging about 3 weeks ago and the leaves on a good number of the plants are going white. Is this Box Blight? What would you recommend to do?

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 3 years ago
This is not box blight. The young plants have simply died. They probably dried out after planting and they never really adapted to the new conditions. Dieback on plants that have not died is a kind of ‘scald’, due to the conditions.

Young woody plants, especially those as small as this, can get a set-back when planted out into conditions much tougher than those where they were raised.

Young plants of this size need high quality soft soil with good drainage. They need to be watered, even if planted from pots, until they have become established. You will have to replace them, ideally with somewhat bigger, more hardened plants, and do not use the bark so close.