Do these plants look infected?

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Do these plants look infected?

Postby Rivertoad » Jun 11, 2017 10:43 am

Hello, I have a young hosta garden, about two years old and 50ish plants. Our new home has primarily full sun, so my hosta are in the spot with the most shade, however I do see sun damage on several. I've done a full check of my plants, none appear to be obviously infected with virus x, but I am suspicious of a few. Any additional opinions are appreciated. I think the photos are of guacamole, sum and substance and an unknown (not in order).
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Re: Do these plants look infected?

Postby Chris_W » Jun 12, 2017 6:20 pm

The third picture has some strange coloring along the veins, but it is really hard to see as the lighting is a bit too bright. The others I don't really see anything unusual, other than a back leaf in the first picture that is pretty splotched but might be cold damage.

Any chance of getting a better picture of the 3rd one that isn't in such bright light?
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Re: Do these plants look infected?

Postby Rivertoad » Jun 12, 2017 9:07 pm

Thanks Chris, I think this photo is of the same plant...I snapped quite a few and it was not the best time of day for lighting/shadows. I have shared/traded/divided quite a few hosta and that is what has me a bit paranoid. The other photo is a hosta I'm not suspicious of, but it's a mess. I got that one from a hosta exchange last year and I think it's unstable, leaves are not uniform, etc. That doesn't look like a virus though, or does it? There was a broken ID tag with it. I can only read the last letter, which is a "g". Hopefully it is just an unstable/unhappy plant and not sick. I appreciate your response!
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Re: Do these plants look infected?

Postby Tigger » Jun 12, 2017 9:46 pm

I'm not seeing any problems. Your last plant seems to be a streaker that is settling out in various variegation patterns. What was it supposed to be?

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Re: Do these plants look infected?

Postby Rivertoad » Jun 12, 2017 10:13 pm

I can't remember David! ☹️ There was an ID tag with it, but it was broken and all I know now is that the name ends in the letter "g". I will ask my local hosta society if they know, I got it through their exchange last year so there's a good chance the original owner may recognize it. I hope you are right and it isn't sick!
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Re: Do these plants look infected?

Postby Tigger » Jun 13, 2017 9:54 am

Well, _____g could always be "seedling" (of a streaked plant)! Not much help. :D
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