Hostas forum: HVX found in Ottawa

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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
May 29, 2015 9:55 PM CST
Found this 'Lemon Frost' today in my favourite hosta nursery. I took a leaf home to test since I have test strips that need to be used up. But I also told the clerk and asked him to show it to the owner who is a real hosta addict and very aware of HVX.

I sent an email to the owner with a pic of the leaf and the positive test. His response was that he had already destroyed the plant I pointed out and another - there were only a couple of pots and they both had been old stock that he no longer knew the origin of.

The one thing that concerns me is that other staff obviously didn't recognize the symptoms and may also have tended to these plants and gone on to others w/o cleaning tools.

Moral of the story is to remain vigilant.

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Ann

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Name: Steve
Millbury, MA (Zone 5b)
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steve_mass
May 30, 2015 5:10 AM CST
The problem is not the local grower. It's further up the chain. He should no longer trust that his supplier is going to give him disease free plants and that's not acceptable. You can't always visually spot when a plant has the virus. Sometimes plants are infected at low levels and have no visible symptoms for up to 3 years. If a seller can't be absolutely sure that the plants are disease free, I won't buy there. The sellers have to get tough with their suppliers.

Steve

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