Redneck Amaryllis Experiment: Fascinating

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Redneck Amaryllis Experiment

By gone2seed
March 21, 2011

I have been curious for some time about the ability of heat to treat and even kill virus. After I received some virused Amaryllis bulbs from suppliers, this seemed to be the ideal subject for a "redneck" experiment

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Name: Nancy
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nap
Mar 20, 2011 8:14 PM CST
This is a very interesting idea for me, as laboratories have always been my line of work. (though working in a hospital lab, I never actually did any tests on Amaryllis bulbs!) Good work, and thanks for writing!

Sharran
Mar 20, 2011 10:26 PM CST
Great article, JT. I feel like I just had a science lesson that I really understood.

Thank you.
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TwinLakesChef
Mar 20, 2011 10:41 PM CST
Wonderful article. I love Amaryllis! Thank-you for sharing.
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vic
Mar 21, 2011 5:33 AM CST
WOW! Thank you so much for this article. As you can see from my avatar, I love amaryllis too Thumbs up
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quilter5
Mar 21, 2011 5:44 AM CST
I totally understood this whole article!!! Thank you.
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Desertdenial
Mar 21, 2011 11:14 AM CST
Great article
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goldfinch4
Mar 22, 2011 6:56 AM CST
This is good information to know, and also appreciate the info on making the box too!
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Name: Carter Mayer
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Carter
Mar 22, 2011 7:58 AM CST
Very cool, JT. It worked on the brugmnsia, too?
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gone2seed
Mar 22, 2011 8:30 AM CST
Carter,the jury is still out on brugs.I tried two varieties ,one with known virus and one just to see if the cuttings were harmed.None were harmed by 120 degree heat and the one with virus(4 cuttings) appears to be fine now.The problem with the brugs is that I have religiously culled varieties with virus so do not have much to work with.I do have two more varieties I will be trying this week but those are the last two with signs of virus so that will end the brug experiments for now.
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Mar 22, 2011 10:27 PM CST
This really is a very interesting article JT. Wonder if it would work on Tulip bulbs?
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gone2seed
Mar 23, 2011 7:51 AM CST
I don't see why it wouldn't work with tulips.I should have mentioned in the article that you do need to monitor the process closely.Air temp will go up rapidly and you must turn the lights off and on until you slowly coax the temperature up to the desired core temperature.A thermostat would be a nice addition.
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valleylynn
Mar 23, 2011 11:00 AM CST
My DH is very handy. He made a drying box for his flute making, with a heat lamp and small ceramic heater. He also said a water heater thermostat works great for something that requires that range of heat. For his flutes he uses a regular house thermostat.
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gone2seed
Mar 23, 2011 7:26 PM CST
A water heater thermostat!I never thought of that.I was thinking of an egg incubator thermometer but water heater sounds better.
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valleylynn
Mar 23, 2011 8:49 PM CST
DH said it is also cheaper. Big Grin
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mamajack
Mar 24, 2011 8:44 AM CST
got my attention JT. i think you are pretty smart to have thought of even trying this.

what do you think would happen to a canna in the "hot box"?
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gone2seed
Mar 24, 2011 2:56 PM CST
mamajack,cannas should be fine.One thing that made me think of this is the fact that my greenhouse has been well over 120 degrees several times and other than some severe wilting nothing was damaged.That was air temp of course.I plant to try this some more.I' certainly not claiming a virus cure but I do believe this has promise.I believe it enough that i will be doing this with all my bulbs each fall.
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atenkley
Apr 3, 2011 1:57 PM CST
I enjoyed you article JT! I agree, looks like it has promise. - Arlan
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mamajack
Apr 3, 2011 2:18 PM CST
JT.......where is the thread where we were talking about gmo's? i dont' want to lose that thread and besides i have a bunch of questions about them.
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gone2seed
Apr 4, 2011 6:48 AM CST
mamajack,gmo's?? Frgive the senior moment but what are we talking about?
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mamajack
Apr 4, 2011 8:34 AM CST
JT, my apologies. not your senior moment but mine.

the thread i wanted was in larry's cubit. he wrote an article on gmo seeds. and for some reason i thought you wrote the article. sorry. found my thread.

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