New Zealand: Busy Lizzies at risk of being wiped out by disease

One of New Zealand's most popular flowers is disappearing from shelves and gardens after the discovery of a disease.

They're known as Busy Lizzies; Impatiens have long been a gardener's favourite because of their instant colour and ease of growing.

But it's now been confirmed a devastating disease called Downy Mildew, prevalent in many parts of the world, has hit New Zealand and likely to wipe them all out.

New Zealand Plant Producers Incorporated is calling on all nurseries to destroy the plants, but one of the country's largest garden centre chains, Orderings, won't pull them just yet.

"We produce all our own plants and our own cuttings here, we haven't seen any sign of it in the South Island yet, well certainly not in Christchurch, all our plants are clean and clear," said Julian Ordering.

But with 300,000 Impatiens plants, if he discovers the disease on the plants, they would be destroyed.

Read more at Newshub (Juliet Speedy)


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