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Nov 12, 2016 12:16 AM CST
I am a 90 yr old senior gardener reaching out for help.

This May 18 I had a seven foot beautiful Golden Fernspray
planted in front of my home.
Two weeks later I noticed browning of the needles.
I took samples to the Conn Experimental Station .
Upon examination, they said there were lots of scales on the samples.
They said that given the date of planting and the date of first sign of browning a couple of week later in early June, , the plant was infested already with the False Meyer Scale.I have asked Northern Nurseries in West Suffield C.t to replace the plant but they do not seem to care I am asking you to help me. My landscaper said he is not responsible for the bugs, which i understand
Name: Lyn
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Nov 12, 2016 1:08 AM CST
I think that is going to be an ongoing problem with a LOT of plant diseases and nurseries.

In the rose industry, major distributors have been wresting with crown gall disease. Many responsible distributors have recalled plants that have been distributed, but several nurseries did not return plants. Who is responsible ? Many distributors destroyed the plants. The "inventors" were out the royalties earned and now do not have the funds to continue with the hybridizing programs that are funded by the release of plants to the market. Who bears the ultimate cost ?

To be honest. I don't even know how to begin to answer these questions.
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Name: Sue
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Nov 12, 2016 4:41 AM CST
Welcome! Perhaps you could ask the Better Business Bureau for help, here is contact info for CT:
Name: Rj
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Nov 12, 2016 8:12 AM CST
Perhaps the local newspaper in New Haven has a consumer protection section that would be able to assist you with the issue.
Possibly the could assist.
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Name: Daisy I
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Nov 12, 2016 10:49 AM CST

I'm curious about why your gardener hasn't treated your tree for the scale problem?
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Name: Laurie b
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Nov 12, 2016 11:16 AM CST
My nursery attaches a disclaimer to all receipts now. Not much of a confidence builder. I think it is going to be the norm now rather than the exception. And so it goes.
Name: greene
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Nov 12, 2016 1:03 PM CST
pontilloj said:

I had a seven foot beautiful Golden Fernspray
planted in front of my home.

I'd like to better understand this. Did you go to the nursery yourself and select this plant? Or did your landscaper select the plant?

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