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May 18, 2020 7:13 AM CST
Hampstead MD
I believe my hosta have virus x so I'm sadly going to pull them ALL up that are in the front. I have a couple in pots in the back that I'm thinking about replacing with. How soon can I replant hosta or other plants in the same area where those believe to be infected hosta are?
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May 18, 2020 7:54 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
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Looks like either cold damage or more likely too much sun.
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May 18, 2020 8:58 AM CST
Hampstead MD
Big Bill, I am 99.9% sure that they have virus x after reading a lot of information and pics comparing. I know for fact it is not from cold damage or too much sun. They might look like that in July which made it more concerning to me having me jump on the bandwagon to knock this out early. It's only May and sun and warm weather has been more scarce, breaking records with colder temps. I've had them in that garden for two years and was treating them for slugs and fungus where the holes in them from slugs diminished but after researching I realize why the "fungus" problem didn't resolve. It's because it isn't a fungus problem. Over the past two seasons I've seen it travel from one hosta to the next that are in front of the porch. I need to pull them out before the disease travels to the hosta that are close by on the side of the porch.

So, I go back to my original question if someone could help me find the answer to (after reading so many articles I couldn't find a clear answer), after pulling up the diseased hosta, how soon can replant in that same garden?
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May 18, 2020 9:08 AM CST
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Welcome! @rowkim58!

Would you be able to post photos of the entire plant?
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May 18, 2020 9:38 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
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I have been growing Hostas for over 50 years. I have grown minis, compacts, variegated and the very large type Hostas. I never ran across virus in a hosta plant.
But if you think it is virus, I would not plant Hostas there again. The virus could remain on the old roots, it could go dormant for years. It could suddenly activate when it comes in contact with a new hosta.
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May 18, 2020 9:46 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
GROW ORCHIDS!!!
Bee Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Orchids Region: Michigan Hostas Growing under artificial light
Echinacea Critters Allowed Cat Lover Butterflies Birds Region: United States of America
See, we are never to old to learn. I just googled Hostas and virus at the Missouri Botanic Garden site and to be honest, none of the images I saw looked like your damage.
They too cautioned about replanting Hostas anywhere near infected hosta sites. They realized that that might be difficult to do in the home garden site.
They also had a list of like 7 or 8 varieties that are known for carrying a virus. So I encourage you to visit the site if you have an original tag from the plant showing it's name.
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May 18, 2020 10:06 AM CST
Name: Rj
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May 18, 2020 1:23 PM CST
Hampstead MD
I would absolutely love for someone to tell me it's not a virus. I really don't want to pull these out. But since I've dealt with the slugs and sprayed (I haven't sprayed this year because it didn't do any good last year) and it's not from too much sun, etc. I'm at a loss. Here are three more pictures from three different hostas. The one a close up because I wanted you to see how the leaves are getting skeletonized by "something".
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May 18, 2020 1:28 PM CST
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I'm really sorry to say Kim, but it looks like you probably will have to pull them up.

It looks like the plant is having trouble photosynthesizing, and it could start to affect other plants around your Hosta.
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May 18, 2020 1:35 PM CST
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Maybe @daisyI could help?
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May 18, 2020 1:39 PM CST
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May 18, 2020 1:41 PM CST
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May 18, 2020 1:45 PM CST
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May 18, 2020 1:47 PM CST
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I don't know anything about HVX but that doesn't look like any plant virus I've seen. But, before you make any radical decisions, why don't you get a test kit?

Edited to add: That may be what Rj is suggesting but, he's lost his words today.
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May 18, 2020 1:48 PM CST
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DaisyI said:before you make any radical decisions, why don't you get a test kit?


Great advice Daisy! I'd agree.
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May 18, 2020 2:13 PM CST
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Thank you all so much for your responses. So appreciated and I don't feel so alone! A test kit...yea, I tried (agdi.. and a couple other places) before you replied suggesting it and none of them offered prices. You have to "join"...it was becoming too much! Been dealing with students online and I start getting screen blur headaches so coming to you all really helps cut back on continuing that search (where I wasn't getting anywhere any way). I see there are a couple of posts that don't have anything except a link. Why? Can you add why are you suggesting it? Sorry if I seem blog stupid, but I sort of am.
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May 18, 2020 2:30 PM CST
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I think the reason why is that the person wants you to read the information from the link they sent you (most likely related to your hosta).

Also, all of us are new to many things, so you're not stupid Smiling
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May 18, 2020 9:14 PM CST
Name: Rj
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Exactly the American Hosta Society has a great publication on Hosta virus x, the only way to tell is with a test, sorry was not trying to be obtuse, just efficient.
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