June with HVX (sterile culture)

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June with HVX (sterile culture)

Postby chriskay » May 26, 2016 11:34 am

The nursery I got these from told me they obtain sterile tissue cultures so there is no way this could be virus X. 4 plants look suspect to me. What do you think?
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Re: June with HVX (sterile culture)

Postby Pieter » May 26, 2016 7:42 pm

Hard to tell from these pictures, looks more chlorotic than anything else to me....
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Re: June with HVX (sterile culture)

Postby Chris_W » May 26, 2016 9:55 pm

Keep an eye on the newest growth. This looks odd but doesn't really look like HVX yet. The thing that sort of bugs me is that this nursery thinks you can't get HVX in tissue culture, but if an HVX plant goes into culture they will all have HVX out of it, plus depending on how it was handled you can still contaminate plants with HVX.

And for plants this young I might suggest starting them in small pots with a good potting soil to beef up the root system before putting them in the ground. They will root out in a month or two and then put them into the garden.

Good luck.

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Re: June with HVX (sterile culture)

Postby chriskay » May 27, 2016 8:43 am

Thanks, they asked me to send in leaves to test so I will. I am also going to verify with them that they KNOW the cultures are certified virus free.
Thanks for the suggestion on potting.
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