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is it inadvisable to add rusty frangipani leaves to the compost pile?

Submitted: 04:37PM, 27 Apr 2019
Answer: Hi Harry,

Thank you for contacting Yates.

Yes, we don’t recommend composting diseased plant material because this can further spread infection.

To reduce disease spread, we recommend collecting any diseased, fallen leaves or pruned material, then place the plant material into a plastic sealed bag and put into the rubbish bin.

Another way to reduce the spread of plant disease is to sanitise gardening tools. Any metal tool that comes into contact with a diseased plant (such as secateurs or loppers) can be wiped down with a 2% household bleach. Please ensure you are wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (such as goggles and plastic gloves) when using bleach.

And lastly, after handling diseased plant material, wash clothes and gloves.

These measures can be applied to other plant diseases when there is a high risk for the spread of infection.

For the control of rust on ornamentals, we recommend applying ‘Yates Lime Sulfur’.

Hope this helps.
Joyful gardening!
Kind regards,

Elise
Yates Horticulturist

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Answered: 05:12PM, 27 Apr 2019

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