Nerine thoughts:

bulborum botanicum
Wed, 25 Aug 2010 14:09:50 PDT
Hello Jim

just a thought
Maybe the virus gets better visible with a nitrogen fertilizer


2010/8/25 J.E. Shields <>

> Hi Nikko,
> Sir Peter and I discussed the "viruses" a couple times.  He thought there
> might be a latent virus, perhaps constitutive, in the broadleaf nerines that
> was activated by nitrogen fertilizers.  Having seen how they reacted to high
> nitrogen feeding, I tend to agree with his notions, even though many plant
> people with whom I've discussed this don't agree with the "virus" bit.  So
> the alternative is that these nerines have a physiological quirk that reacts
> to high nitrogen intake in a way that mimics a virus infection.  You pays
> your  money and your takes your choice!  No one has actually looked for a
> virus, so far as I know (one would need an electron microscope.)
> R de Boer
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