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Getting rid of a diseased Kerria

Discussion in 'Other Plants' started by MAJ, Nov 23, 2018.

  1. MAJ

    MAJ Apprentice gardener

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    Has anyone any experience of digging out a Kerria with twig and leaf blight. Just wondering if it's an easy thing to dig out? Was thinking better to get rid, rather than spray, as don't want it to infect the healthy kerria about 15ft away. Any advice welcome. Thank you.
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    Hiya MAJ :)
    I found it an easy shrub to dig out but........it does sucker like mad! You will prob find the main plant relatively easy to remove but will have to remove the suckers too. :)
     
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      Oh good. I was hoping it wouldn't be too hard. Thanks for that @Verdun
       
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        I've had a Kerria Japonica for nearly 40 years and never had any problems with it:dunno::snorky:
         
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          Good for you :yay::biggrin: . But I think those days are coming to end according to the RHS...

          Kerria twig and leaf blight / RHS Gardening
           
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          You're an Optimist aren't you, MAJ??, I can tell.:dunno::whistle::heehee:
           
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          Invasive weed in my opinion, smart move digging it out!
          As previously stated it does sucker like crazy and they do need removing. The good news is that it is pretty shallow rooted and easy to remove.
           
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            :hate-shocked::dunno::heehee:
             
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              I inherited a large blot of it and it took a fair bit of digging out. It seemed especially fond of the lawn!!
               
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                So, not the plant's fault but where it was planted?.:dunno::heehee: Kerria Japonica was one of the first shrubs I bought in the early years as a "new" gardener with a blank area to fill. It, like all plants, has it's advantages and disadvantages. It can spread over time and needs controlling but, in the Spring, is a reliable provider of bright colour at perhaps the time it's most needed:snorky:
                 
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                Far better choices me old mucker!
                [​IMG]Vestia foetida by longk48, on Flickr

                [​IMG]Vestia foetida by longk48, on Flickr
                 
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                Oh, I agree, "me old pal, me old beauty":dunno::heehee: But many gardeners, in the early years
                buy shrubs that are on display in Garden Nurseries, on impulse and "ignorance" and Kerria is one of those shrubs. Me?, Garrya eliptica James Roof and Osmanthus Delavayi are two of my favourites, the first for it's display of catkins and the second for it's far reaching heavy sweet scent.:coffee::snorky:
                 
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