This document provides advice for landowners who choose to remove infected myrtle plants on their properties. Please note that there is no requirement to remove infected plants.
There is no confirmed way to stop myrtles from contracting the disease, but there are some ways that you can give your plants the best chance against it. This fact sheet is designers for gardeners.
If you own or manage land with plants that are infected with myrtle rust, you can either:
• care for the plants and monitor the impact of the disease
• remove or prune the infected plants and securely dispose of the waste
Biosecurity New Zealand has useful resources on how you can choose to manage myrtle rust on your property including:
• A map to find out if your property is in an area infected with the disease
• A how to guide with images on how to remove and dispose of infected myrtle plants
• How to monitor your plant for the disease
It is strongly recommended that all nursery operators follow the guidelines available from the New Zealand Plant Producers Incorporated (NZPPI) website. NZPPI provides guidance on myrtle rust protocols and resources specifically designed for nurseries to manage myrtle rust.
Information on the fungicide regime used by nurseries registered with the New Zealand Plant Producers Incorporated (NZPPI) as well as a range of useful guidance is on its website.
If you are planning large-scale planting and restoration programmes using myrtle plants, follow the advice in Biosecurity New Zealand's guide.
This guide was developed in collaboration with the Department of Conservation and local council representatives.