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Kristina
Medium_img_20160906_201837 My pittosporum hedge is slowly dying with brown and dried leaves.

Hi,
I was wondering if you could help me identify the cause of the dying off the leaves and branches of our pittosporum trees. We have a number of our trees succumbing to this for the second year in a row now, including ones which we replaced last year. Do you have a product to recommend we use? Could it be root rot? I haven't found any insects other than land hoppers in the soil around them, but the roots appear to be completely gone in the dead ones.
Help please! ☺

Submitted: 06:19PM, 06 Sep 2016
Answer: Hi Kristina,

Thank you for contacting Yates regarding your pittosporum hedge, the yellowing dieback does show root related problems, you may try Yates Anti Rot, a systemic fungicide absorbed by the foliage and travels down to the roots, can be used on various plants to control phytophthora root rot, collar rot. You can read more information at http://www.yates.com.au/products/disease-control/concentrates/yates-anti-rot/. I would also suggest removing the weed mat and dig in Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food to improve the soil drainage and prevent further rot.

Hope this helps and happy gardening.

Best Regards,
Louise
Yates Horticulturalist

Category: Diseases
Tags: root rot, hedge
Answered: 11:37AM, 08 Sep 2016

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