I am so glad that you were able to follow it!
And yes, I have the distinction of being one of the first people to inform some of the biggest growers in Holland about Hosta Virus X, and that they had it. It was in 2003 that I reported it first, but the salesman just gave me credit for "diseased plants" and nobody ever followed up on it. The next spring I submitted claims for several plants with Hosta Virus X to 3 different wholesale sellers and within a couple days I had lengthy phone conversations with John VanBourgendien and Jack DeVroomen and wrote several emails back and forth with Hans Witteman from Darwin Plants. They all were very interested in learning more about it and Hans Witteman vowed to personally inspect all of their suppliers. In 2005 I had a chance to meet one of the growers from DeVroomen Holland who visited me here at the nursery to talk about HVX and show him some of their own infected plants that they had shipped us.
The growers in Holland, for the most part, are taking HVX very seriously, but they are having a really difficult time controlling and stopping the spread. We might give them another try next year just to see if they are making improvements.
And thank you to everyone who has supported us with a DVD purchase. Hopefully the AHS will figure out what they want to do with the money being raised for more HVX study. It seems to me that it is getting too far into the epidemic to spend time doing more research. Personally I hope they do more about education. So many people still
have no idea about Hosta Virus X, and it is spreading worse and worse in many gardens