Posted: 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