Box blight: keeping it out

If you do not have box blight in your garden, or are yet to plant box, then there are steps you can take to minimise the risk of it arriving and at the same time prepare the garden for its possible arrival.

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Box. Credit RHS/Neil Hepworth

Quick facts

Quarantining box plants and cleaning tools helps keep box blight out of your garden
Finding box blight early makes it easier to manage
Spacing plants wider apart reduces the risk of box blight spreading
Buxus microphylla ‘Faulkner’ shows some resistance to box blight

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