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Gosan Gold Mist

Postby combellack » Jul 10, 2007 10:05 pm

Hello
Has anyone ever tested this plant for HVX or other viruses? I have had it for years and while when i got it seemed like a cool plant but with all the HVX problems as of late the pattern on the leaves just freaks me out. I am hoping that i am worrying about nothing but would love some reassurance.
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Postby eastwood2007 » Jul 10, 2007 10:44 pm

Got a picture of it?
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Postby combellack » Jul 11, 2007 7:16 pm

I will post a picture of the plant tommorow
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Postby ademink » Jul 11, 2007 10:03 pm

Funny you posted this b/c JUST today I was admiring it and yet suspicious of it at the same time. :lol:
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Postby combellack » Jul 17, 2007 11:58 am

A little slow in the picture department but here it is. The plant is supposed to look the way it does and it was on the market well before the HVX scare, I also believe it was introduce by the author of The Genus Hosta (great book by the way) so it has good provenance.
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Postby combellack » Jul 17, 2007 12:03 pm

Here is an enlargement of the scariest leaf
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Postby sownsew » Jul 17, 2007 1:06 pm

Hello
I have had Gosan Gold Mist for a year. And I am very suspicious of it too.
BUT I did take it, along with several others, to the U of MN, where I was told that that was the way it was supposed to look (just as when I bought it). And I did not have it tested for HVX, so i don't KNOW that it is healthy.
Your pic seems to be more blotchy than misted...
I have had no 'luck' at getting my pics on this site. But will try again later for a comparison for you.
This virus thing is a real pain. Gardening is supposed to be a stress reliever. I think that I have developed paranoia!!
AARRGGHH!!
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Postby combellack » Jul 17, 2007 3:58 pm

It's frustrating for sure. I have made a great effort to avoid having HVX in my garden and i will be really upset if it turns out i have had it for years. To be on the safe side i am going to toast the plants :eek: and be done with it.
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Postby ademink » Jul 17, 2007 4:09 pm

???? Why would you do that? I :o t doesn't look like it has HVX to me. It looks just like my GGM.

They have already tested it so I'm confused. Do you just think that your particular plant is virused or..?
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Postby combellack » Jul 17, 2007 4:28 pm

well information that someone has had the plant tested would go a long way to stopping me from torching the poor beast but so far i have yet to hear from anybody who has tested it (and had it come back negative). I will put the flamethrower away for a couple days and see if anyone has confirmed the plant as HVX free. One dead hosta in a garden of thousands is a small price to pay for peace of mind IMHO.
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Postby newtohosta-no more » Jul 17, 2007 5:18 pm

Could this blotchiness be from some sort of nutrient deficiency? I would imagine that HVX in a plant like that would have the more blueish bleeding look instead of what I see there. Why not just pot it up and isolate it instead of executing it? I can't bear to think of that baby getting torched! :eek: :lol:
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Postby sownsew » Aug 20, 2007 10:03 pm

Am trying to post a picture or two
these are my GGM, picture is about a month old. I think that is the way it is supposed to look...misty
But it sure makes me uneasy ....
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this is through webshots (free)

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Postby newtohosta-no more » Aug 21, 2007 6:03 am

I'm no expert, but that just looks like seasonal changes to me. :???:
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Postby wishiwere » Aug 21, 2007 7:35 am

I'm sure will come on with his thoughts, and it will be interesting to hear that. I'd be concerned too after seeing these pics, but that's just my paranoia! :D :lol:
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Postby DryGulch » Aug 22, 2007 9:58 am

Combellack, your hosta looks much more suspicious than Sownsew's. Notice how the spot seem round and bumpy (like the colonization of a virus or bacteria) compared to the long streaks?

Have it tested if the cost of the plant is more than the test.
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