Dianne Kaines, Galanthus virus

Alberto Castillo ezeizabotgard@hotmail.com
Fri, 29 Jul 2011 10:14:35 PDT
" You would expect the Dutch bulb industry to be in the forefront of cleaning up 
> viruses from their stock in trade, but it appears that they are so interested 
> in making money that they don't care. When you buy Crocus kotschyanus from 
> Dutch sources, you get a form that has small, badly distorted flowers, whereas 
> a clean stock has flowers as big as good forms of C. chrysanthus. And then 
> there's Narcissus 'Tete a Tete', widely grown in pots to be sold in flower in 
> early spring, but always with the tell-tale signs of viral infection."
The trend for a good number of years has been to research into finding Liliums and others that show no symptoms. SELF EXPLAINING.
'Tete a Tete' has been so heavily virused that they cleaned stock and this is incomparably better than the infected ones.
Another one they cleaned by tissue culture is Hippeastrum papilio and this is also extra robust: evidently the original offset propagated papilio had a symptomless weakening virus.

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