Wednesday June 7, 2017
Gardening & OUTDOOR LIVING Myrtle rust is moving south There are now 34 confirmed properties with the fungal disease myrtle rust. Twenty-nine of these are in Taranaki with three in Northland and two in Waikato (King Country). While most of the infections have been found on young seedlings, there are instances of the rust appearing in large established trees at a number of locations. If you want or need to plant myrtle species, seek advice from experts when sourcing plants, for example from your nursery or supplier. Myrtle species include pohutukawa, manuka, ramarama, feijoa and eucalypts. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the Department of Conservation (DOC) remain committed to the battle to contain the spread of this fungal plant disease that could have serious impacts on a range of plants in the myrtle family
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including pohutukawa, manuka, ramarama, feijoa and eucalypts. Any suspect sightings of the fungus should be immediately reported
to MPI on 0800 80 99 66. Do not touch the plant or the rust. Note the location and take clear photos of the plant and the symptoms.
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Independent Herald 07-06-17