Red Band Needle Blight : RHS
Affiliation between RHS and Gardeners Association


The Royal Horticultural Society, to which the NLWGA is affiliated, is seeking closer links with associations like ours, were they are able to provide solutions to gardening problems that many of us amateur gardeners cannot. Furthermore, the RHS will advise on new problems facing gardeners (such as the spread of the New Zealand flatworm that devastates earthworm populations) and possible solutions. They are also seeking our help in gathering country-wide information.

Our committee member Malcolm Greenhalgh has recently taken on the role of linking between us and the RHS and below are some of the recent problems they have advised about. We will try and update the site regularly with further details. If you have comments or experience with any of these please feel free to add your comments by using the comment links. Hopefully we can all benefit from our affiliation with the RHS by learning that little bit more about the plants that we grow. We will collate and feed back to the RHS.

If you have experienced other gardening issues you would like Malcolm to take up with the RHS please email details of these to us using the email links below, and we will endeavor to seek their advice and post  response for all to read and learn from
Webinfo@nlwgardeners.co.uk

RHS Membership can be yours at a discount price, and our Association will make a fiver if you do! Advantages: 12 issues of The Garden every year (the best gardening magazine); free entry into RHS gardens (as at Harlow Carr and Wisley); members’ day at RHS shows (e.g. Tatton); a free advice service. If you are interested, please contact Malcolm Greenhalgh.

Red Band Needle Blight

by Malcolm Greenhalgh on 09/26/12

Yet another disease has reached the UK and is spreading "Red Band Needle Blight". This affects conifers in the Genus Pinus (true pine). In autumn needles develop yellow bands and tan spots.; then the needles become red - brown and fall off. There is no chemical spray avaiable; RHS advice is to make sure that pines have plenty of air circulation, to prevent high humidity. So if you are going to plant pines, give loads of space.

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