Nick Bailey of Gardeners’ World warns Britons about a “devastating” plant disease with “no cure.”
Nick Bailey of GARDENERS’ WORLD issued a warning to Britons about a “devastating” plant disease that he called “the garden and landscape enemy number one.” According to the garden designer, there’s “not much you can do about it” as well.
On tonight’s episode of Gardeners’ World, host Nick Bailey traveled to Scotland to investigate a disease that affects trees and shrubs in woodlands and gardens. In 2019, the horticulturist traveled to Scotland to learn more about a disease that is “wreaking havoc” on woody plants in parks and gardens. Phytophthora is the ailment he looked into, and it can’t even be seen with the naked eye.
“This is Phytophthora, microscopic creatures that wreak havoc on a wide range of plants and trees,” he continued.
“This swarm of algae-like diseases quickly expanded over hundreds of miles.
“The spores can spread by mist, infected soil, or even a drop of rain.”
Dr. Alexandra Schlenzig, a horticulture pathologist with a PhD in Phytophthora, spoke with Nick.
According to Dr. Schlenzig, one of the world’s foremost experts on the plant disease, there are around 170 different species of Phytophthora.
They don’t usually cause much disease in their natural habitat.
However, if the plants are transported to a foreign nation and aren’t used to this Phytophthora, the plants will not have evolved a defense against it, according to the expert.
“That’s when they start causing these enormous diseases,” she explained.
Due to its “large host range,” Phytophthora ramorum is currently one of the “most problematic” Phytophthoras in the UK.
It has an impact on a variety of areas, including forestry, horticulture, and the natural environment.
“Phytophthora ramorum is the number one garden and landscape enemy,” Nick stated.
“In 2002, the first UK discovery was made on a viburnum plant in a Sussex garden centre.”
Rhododendrons, pieris, magnolias, camellias, and witch hazel are among the garden species most affected by the illness.
However, according to Dr. Schlenzig, the list of species is “endless.”
She went on to say, “You’ll get roughly 120 different species that can be afflicted by the sickness.”
Sadly, there’s “not much you can do about it” as well.
“As soon as you discover it, remove the plant,” Dr. Schlenzig advised.
“Burn it in your garden if you can. If you can’t, throw it away.
“Do not compost it because you will spread the.”Brinkwire Summary News”.