Hostas forum: Buyer beware !!!

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Name: Kit and Gary
Springville, Ia
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kitgary
Sep 12, 2010 8:18 PM CST
I went to the going-out-of-business auction at Sunset Greenhouse, Inc. in Monticello, Iowa today. Sunset Greenhouse has 3 locations, Monticello, Farley and Maquoketa. They've been in business for 16 years. Closing due to health problems. This was a huge auction with lots of trees,shrubs, perennials and over 300 varieties of hosta, as well as Pottery, fertilizer and all the other stuff you'd expect from a garden center.
I was looking for some ornamental grasses, not really interested in the hosta ( hard to believe, but true!), but I still had to check out what they had for hosta just in case...
It took less than 3 minutes to find that some were infected with HVX! I talked to one of the auctioneers as the auction had not yet started. He directed me to the owner, Rich Schneiter. I explained that I had seen HVX in some of his hostas and he indicated that he was aware of it and that he was going to sell them anyway. I pointed out the infection to a few people who seemed interested in the hosta but didn't know what else I could do.
If anyone else attended this auction and purchased hostas, I would suggest putting them in quarantine for a long time or purchasing test kits.
I did not bid on any plants at this auction because If he was willing to sell HVX infection, what kind of quality was the rest of his stock! Makes ya wonder....

Gary
Name: Diann
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Ticker
Sep 14, 2010 9:33 AM CST

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I'm glad I didn't waste the energy on going to this. Thanks for the up-date Gary. :)
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Sep 14, 2010 12:31 PM CST

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Wow! And what a response. Just think how many they have sold over the past few years.

Wonder why their inspector didn't catch it. When mine came out he really looked closely for any signs of it.
Name: Kit and Gary
Springville, Ia
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kitgary
Sep 14, 2010 2:49 PM CST
I guess he figured that since he was going out of business he didn't really care as long as he made some money on them. He wasn't planning on taking care of his customers anymore. I don't know what his health issues were but I don't think I could sleep right no matter how sick I was knowing I had pulled a stunt like that.
Name: Christine
Southeastern MN (Zone 4a)
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Christine27360
Sep 14, 2010 9:30 PM CST
Very sad. Glad you were not victim to the virus infected plants!
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
2 Corinthians 9:6
Name: woodthrush
Albrightsville PA
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woodthrush
Sep 15, 2010 5:58 AM CST
This is awful. I don't know how he could sell infected plants - no conscious, at all.
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wha
Sep 15, 2010 8:10 AM CST
i agree - if that caused the virus to spread thorugh my yard there would be trouble.
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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Oct 1, 2010 9:41 AM CST
I've read on another site, that Gary passed away last night. Am sending heartfelt condolences to Kit and family and will miss his posts.
Ann

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Name: Christine
Southeastern MN (Zone 4a)
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Christine27360
Oct 1, 2010 10:40 AM CST
Seriously??!! Oh my goodness! Am sooooo sorry to hear that. Kit and family you are in my prayers. Crying
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
2 Corinthians 9:6
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Oct 1, 2010 10:50 AM CST
The first three posts from the thread on DG -

>>We received some sad news tonight. Our friend, Gary Fillenworth, is in hospice and not doing very well at all. Please keep him and Kit in your prayers. Thanks.>>

Diann
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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

September 30, 2010
11:27 PM

Oh no! Thanks for letting us know. Prayers going that way.

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Ticker
Lisbon, IA
(Zone 5a)

October 1, 2010
07:22 AM

Gary passed late last night. Please keep Kit and their family in your prayers.
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Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/Garden/Hostas/Hostas-in-my-gard...
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Oct 2, 2010 9:38 AM CST
From DG this morning -

Fillenworth, Gary L.
CEDAR RAPIDS – Gary L. Fillenworth, 65, of Springville, formerly of Cedar Rapids, died Sept. 30, 2010, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, Hiawatha, from cancer, with his family by his side. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home. Private internment will take place at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
Ann

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Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
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TwinLakesChef
Oct 22, 2010 6:01 AM CST
So sorry to hear this. My condolences to the family.
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Name: cynthia wilhoite
indianapolis in Zone 5
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m1ll3r
Jan 28, 2011 6:54 AM CST
I read the post about a nursery sell hosta with HVX and thought maybe some would be interested in this article. the study was funded by the American Hosta Society and completed by the University of MN. this is the latest information.
To read the latest information on HVX http://blog.lib.umn.edu/efans/ygnews/2011/01

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