Boxwood Blight - We Are Free & Clear!
Boxwood Blight is a very fast spreading disease caused by the fungus, Cylindrocladium, which affects members of the Buxaceae family including Boxwoods and Pachysandra. This disease spreads by sticky spores, which means they do not spread long distances by wind, but are spread most commonly by splashing water, plant debris, and sticking to any surface that might come in contact with. These spores may remain alive for up to 10 years. Infected crops will eventually die from this disease, so preventative practices are of the utmost importance.
We continue to work with the Illinois Department of Agriculture and our local inspector to stay apprised of the situation and mitigate our risk. After a thorough inspection of our nursery, the Illinois Department of Agriculture has certified our boxwood crops are disease free.
Symptoms of Boxwood Blight include:
Unfortunately, these symptoms are the same as common Boxwood diseases, which means Boxwood Blight cannot positively be identified except for laboratory testing. If you suspect your Boxwood may be infected, send a sample directly to a lab.
Our Best Management Practices
In order to be proactive, and due to the serious nature of this disease, Midwest Groundcovers has implemented best management practices, which include:
What these stringent controls mean for you:
We realize that these practices are somewhat inconvenient, but without them, it will be impossible for us to provide disease-free crops to you. We are confident that the best management practices we have implemented and our controlled propagation facility, will allow us to provide disease-free boxwood crops in the future. A copy of our inspection report is available upon request.