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Hello gina, I think the key to your problem may be in the word "old" that you used to describe your chestnut tree.

Our garden is riddled with honey fungus but I've found that the plants that fall victim to it are generally old or in some way weakened. Also, I've found that by avoiding deep cultivation of the soil around shrubs I lessen the chances of scratching the host plants' roots and the fungus getting a foothold in the hosts' root systems.

Plants that die are best removed as completely as possible. I then sometimes plant a new plant in the same site but first put it in a bottomless bucket filled with compost. This gives the new plant a chance to put its roots down first into clean compost and later more deeply into the soil below the level of the bootlaces.

Just a theory I have. I don't know if other people have tried that.


Thanks waterbutts. The inflicted tree stands alone in the middle of a lawned area but is near a large cedar and a monkeypuzzle, both of which I would hate to loose. I dont do much with the surrounding area as far as deep digging, so hopefully, if we leave it undisturbed the chestnut can stay.Will get my treeman to look at it anyway.

Like the bottomless bucket idea, will use that to replace the Japonica.

Have a good weekend folks, hope it doesnt rain as forcast!!

You obviously aren't in the Midlands or N of England. It's been bucketing down here since breakfast time.

Good luck with the plants.

Are the spores from the growths know to aggrevate asthma and hay fever? If so is it best to remove them or wait until they die off naturally


Hi, everyone just found this feed as have the honey fungus and was searching for advice. It has killed my rose boarder! Just wondered if anyone knew if you can re plant roses (that  havent been killed yet) that are in the infected boarded elsewhere? Or will this transport the fungus to the rest of the garden? I think mine has come from an old ash tree that had to be taken down and the stump has been taken out as much a possible- am very worried it will spread to the rest of the garden! Also, does it ever go away or does it just get worse?

Any help or advice would be much appreicated! 

Thanks very much.




To add further to my previous post, when I discovered I was loosing my privet hedge to HF I did some research and learnt that HF lives on dead tree stumps/roots and certain plants are more prone to it than others. Cherry trees are very vulnerable to HF. 

I was sad to learn this because I had a lovely cherry tre in my garden, quite close to the privet hedge


I noticed this tree was decaying in places and suspected this was the cause of the privet dying. I made the brave decision to remove the tree before I lost my hedge, this is how it looked after the mini digger had gone to work..

 Heres some photos of the decaying parts of the cherry tree..


After removing the cherry tree, a couple of dead stumps nearby and digging out and replacing the affected sections of privet hedge, my hedge is now doing very well. But I still miss that lovely cherry tree.


Mrs MacGregor

Oh dear - it seems it is the time of year for this. I pruned our two lovely old gnarled deep 'ruby-mauve' lilacs over the last two years ( there was a third in the neighbour's garden). The first of the trio to go was the neighbour's - it just died and fell over quite suddenly. Last year the first-pruned of ours suddenly took ill and died and this year our second one, after flowering valiantly has similarly suddently succumbed. I belatedly suspected honey-fungus when reflecting on suddeness of their demise and checked for threads and white under the lower bark, was half-convinced, but last week, now that the weather has dampened, sure enough the fruiting bodies are plentiful at the base of each tree. (Last year I removed the first tree top, but not the base, little knowing that lilacs were quite susceptible). I did not get rid of the trunk - it went into the woodpile...I fear deeply that I have contaminated a large area of the garden. There is an old pear tree to one side of the demised stumps and an old Bramley apple the other....a Magnolia not far off...and peeping over the other neighbour's fence where half a huge old chestnut tree has been removed (the remaining trunks too are decaying), I spy patches of fruiting bodies of ?? could it be the same fungus??. It is not contiguous with the lilacs. Oh me oh my... should I excavate and chop and dump? (is that polite?) - not easy to burn the wood in this damp weather - but it is quite a lot of material now. I am loathe to move it about in the garden too much. Will my tools infect other plants I wonder? Off to work I go...


Any dead trunks left in the ground are the ideal home for HF and it's from this base that it sends out rhizomorphs ('bootlaces') which, when they come into contact with living roots, infect other plants.  If you place your woodpile on bricks etc so that the wood isn't in contact with the ground, any HF in the wood will die as the wood dries out.  I wouldn't worry about infecting things via garden tools - it's not like a virus or bacteria and doesn't spread by contact.  The specialist sites say that even the spores of the fruiting bodies have negligable effect in spreading the fungus - it's the rhizomorphs which cause the damage.

How soon can I lay a turf lawn over an area of soil that was infected with honey fungus. I have removed a small tree and all of the root system that was afected


Honey fungus won't affect turf. It lives on woody plants

I have honey fungus all over my garden. I treated my trees and shrubs with Armillatox and definitely noticed an improvement after two years. E.g. half a lilac died rapidly, the other half still thrives after regular treatment. However, an unpleasant neighbor reported me to the officials (I live in the EU but not the UK)making it impossible to hide my actions  - the smell is instantly recognisable. There are rhizomes wherever I dig and I expect all woody plants to die within a few years. The neighbors probably have HF too but either do not care or say it is "just natural" . Should I sell the garden and run? Replacing all soil and all plants is unrealistic. Can one live and garden despite HF? Is my garden doomed? Lastly: what unleashes HF? It is everywhere but only at certain times under certain conditions becomes lethal.

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