Virused Bulbs
Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:14:28 PDT

One way to clean many bulbs of at least some viruses is to set seed and grow out a clean batch.  This works well for South African irids for example.  Also, mealybug damage can appear to be virus like, till you find the critters deep down in the leaves of some amaryllidaceae.  
Ernie DeMarie
New York Z7   Looks like Tulbaghia natalensis, (grown from seed received as such) survived against the house wall this brutal winter

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From: Jerald Lehmann <>
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Sent: Mon, Apr 7, 2014 10:49 am
Subject: [pbs] Virused Bulbs

Are any bulbs virused in habitat and have been brought into cultivation?
 If so, is having that virused bulb really that bad?

And if a virused bulb can grow and bloom without any signs of loss of
vigor, is having that virused bulb really that bad?

I'm trying to figure out what is so bad about growing virused plants.
 There are so many infected plants out there - not just bulbs - that I'm
thinking it's becoming a way of life for those of us interested in growing
our collections.  Viruses can almost come from just about anywhere, such as
from the hands of tobacco users.

--Jerry Lehmann, Olathe, KS, USA


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