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30/03/2013 at 17:21

Hi everyone, good to be on again!

I have a 3 year old pyracntha hedge growing up a 6' fence.

All went well (vigorous grower) hedge shot upto tha top of the fence, with squillions of flowers on last spring.......Then disaster!!

Fireblight struck with a vengance, all my flowers turned black and crumpled when handled

I made the decision straight away to cut off all the diseased blossom. ( I did not know of this fireblight  disease, until I returned to the garden centre and spoke with the head lady gardener, who confirmed it was fireblight and suggested i spray with a bayer fungus solution, which I did as sonn as I got home).

No use whatsoever, within days the hedges started to turn Black, i was devastated!!

After a mega job cutting out all the stems that showed signs of infection, and another good spraying, I left them to over winter which they have.

I think the plants were Mojave????

Now i have new growth showing, Question! should I commence spraying as of now.

Also, since my disaster, I have found out that you can obtain pyracantha that is resistant to this wicked fireblight.

I was wondering about buying some of these disease resistant plants and planting them in front of the old hedge, which is looking quite sparse after its severe pruning..

What do you guys think??? I really am loath to dig them all up and start again.

I am a bit miffed that the garden centre garden staff didn't alert me to the disease free stock

30/03/2013 at 18:00
Peter privet, I think you should again speak with the garden centre manager. By any chance did you buy from Wyevale...the Garden Centre Group? Plants come with a 5 year growth guarantee. You will get your money back.
If not such guarantee I would argue for a hefty discount on any replacement plants you plan to buy.
I understood fireblight was incurable. I would not plant pyracantha there again even if resistant varieties are available. Never plant the same plant in the same spot again, as far as I'm concerned.
No pun intended Peter, but yellow privet is a lovely hedge and disease-free....as far as I know.
30/03/2013 at 18:30

Agree Verdun. Never plant anything susceptible to the same disease where something has died.

30/03/2013 at 18:48
Nut, you got right thread this time.ha ha
30/03/2013 at 21:05

Only a limited number, bound to hit the right one eventually. had the wine now, very nice.

31/03/2013 at 13:20

The nursery that i bought my pyracantha from is called strikes, not sure if they are a group or not.

But yes! i will consider asking for a hefty discount for any new plants i purchase to replace the diseased pyracantha.

DOH!! The gaulling thing is, just  500 yds away another resident has a real thick pyracantha hedge still displaying most of its heavy crop of appealing red berries.

some article i read hinted that you should NOT plant pyracntha near fruit trees??

If this is the case, i do have a 3 year old pear tree close by.

With ref to the yellow privett, it seems to me to be a good bomb proof solution.

It's just my misses loves the look of the pyracantha.

31/03/2013 at 13:36
Without checking I think pyracantha share same fireblight risk as pears
31/03/2013 at 23:01

sounds like the pear is coming up...lol!

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