Narcissus, virus, compost

Diana Chapman
Mon, 12 Feb 2007 11:25:51 PST
Dear Max:

I NEVER compost any diseased or potentially diseased material.  I don't
think most compost heaps heat up enough (and certainly don't heat up enough
uniformly) to kill pathogens.  For any bulbs that might be diseased, the
entire pot goes to the landfill.  Yup, I even throw out the pot (it could be
sterlized, but I don't have time).

Telos Rare Bulbs

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Max Withers" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, February 11, 2007 9:40 PM
Subject: [pbs] Narcissus, virus, compost

> I was about to throw some spent paperwhites in the compost when I
> started worring about disease. The plants look perfectly healthy, and
> I assume that virus, at least, will not survive the compost, but I
> wondered what better informed gardeners had to say.
> Best,
> Max
> Oakland CA
> zone 9/17
> Where we nearly doubled our annual rainfall in the last week, but the
> only flooding is of Nigella seedlings, which proves that my compost
> isn't as hot as one would like.
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