Yesterday I spotted several badly infected leaves on a huge 4 year old clump of Dance With Me. This came from the same nursery on the same
day as I got an American Sweetheart, which I pitched year before last, also virus infected. It went straight from the nursery pot into the ground,
with no cutting or dividing, so no chance it was infected that way. Now the entire huge clump will have to go, and leave a large spot in the hosta garden
that will either stay empty or be filled with something else. More shocking to me was the discovery of something that certainly appears to be HVX on an 11 year old clump of Radiant Edger, which has not shown any sign of virus in all that time. I got another Radiant Edger the same year in a trade that was obviously infected and immediately pitched it. This one, however, came from a different source and appeared fine all this time. It's never been divided, and I don't cut scapes, but leave them on til spring and clean them up then by breaking them off. Hopefully I've not transferred the virus from either of these to anything else, but I'll be on the lookout.
Just a warning to everyone to make sure you never become lax in cleaning tools between plants, as you never know when a plant may be hosting the virus,
but the symptoms are not apparant.
And time remembered is grief forgotten,
And frosts are slain and flowers begotten.....
Algernon Charles Swinburne
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