Dianne Kaines, Galanthus virus

Peter Taggart petersirises@gmail.com
Fri, 29 Jul 2011 11:37:11 PDT
Virused Narcissus "Tete a Tete" never seemsto die, whereas N cyclamineus
(one of it's parents) seems to become virused very easily and die as a
Tete a Tete seems to act as a source of infection to other daffodills and I
havn't seen any without virus symptoms for over 20 years.
I weed it out whenever I can, in gardens I work in, and wont have it near my
own collections.
Peter (UK)

On Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 6:14 PM, Alberto Castillo <ezeizabotgard@hotmail.com
> wrote:

> " 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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