All Things Gardening forum: Cercospora Fungal Leaf Spot anyone?

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Name: Three guesses...
Decatur, IL (Zone 6a)
CindySue
May 17, 2017 6:48 AM CST
Received plants from a wholesaler that were infected and am wondering if anyone else is NOT having issues, despite wet conditions.

I've not purchased any nursery plants for many years and after a 5 year drought, we're going into our third extremely wet year yet I have zero fungus in my overly dense boxwood, (I know, I need to thin them out) yet everything I've read seems to suggest that this fungus is just there, waiting for the wet. But I'm wondering if this is actually spread by infected nurseries.

I understand it's not a devastating fungus but still - why is this allowed to be spread with abandon? Is it "just there" or is it exported by nurseries? I couldn't believe it when I pulled this plant out of an expertly packed box! How much infected soil stock have they shipped that shows no signs on the leaves of the plants?

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 17, 2017 10:28 AM CST
Hi Cindy, Welcome!

It doesn't really matter if funguses are there lurking in the bushes waiting to pounce (I don't think they are). Professional nursuries should not be selling diseased plants and don't deserve your business. Contact them immediately, send them photos and demand your money back.
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Name: Three guesses...
Decatur, IL (Zone 6a)
CindySue
May 17, 2017 3:26 PM CST
DaisyI said:Hi Cindy, Welcome!

It doesn't really matter if funguses are there lurking in the bushes waiting to pounce (I don't think they are). Professional nursuries should not be selling diseased plants and don't deserve your business. Contact them immediately, send them photos and demand your money back.


I tip my hat to you. Thank You!

The transaction side has already been taken care of. I was just reading about this particular fungus and what was being said just seems way off base. BUT, upon further consideration, I think I've solved the mystery of why we DON'T have fungus around here. Namely, clay. It's an extremely interesting substance (from a material science perspective) - and we have it. In spades (ROFL - pun intended).

I love clay and my soil is nearly all clay, with very little organic matter. It takes things a while to get started but once they do, they are rock solid and take off like a rocket - I'm assuming when their roots finally break through the clay layer but I don't know...

Now that I think about it, we were under heavy water restrictions so nothing got watered during the drought but nothing died, either. This neighborhood is adjacent to the lake so it wasn't desert or Kansas dry and clay attracts moisture almost as well as it attracts toxins, bacteria and fungus...interesting...dang it! Now I'm thinking that my soil would have taken care of that fungus if I had planted those hydrangeas instead of rejecting them. Oh well - I just really, REALLY didn't want to risk infecting my boxwood. I love my boxwood, LOL -

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