Virus questions - milk spray

Paul Tyerman
Sat, 13 Jul 2002 04:01:40 PDT
At 03:38  13/07/02 +1000, you wrote:
>I've just thought of the other use I've seen for milk.
>That is, if you paint a rock with  milk, it grows a fungused coating (?) on
>the rock which gives it that old weathered look.
>So milk does have some interesting properties?


I've certainly heard of Yoghurt being used for aging rocks and
terracotta/stone pots.  Lots of moulds appear which lead on to other
funguses amnd mosses etc which rapidly discolor and "age" the surface much

With the other discussion of milk for help with viruses..... how exactly
DOES milk help?  I would assume that all it does is help the plant recover
from the virus, thereby removing the symptoms of the virus, rather than
actually removing the virus from the plant.  It improves the appearance of
the plant but doesn't stop the virus then being transmitted by secateurs or
sap-suckers etc.  Have I got this interpretation right?  If that IS the
case then I would assume you'd only do this on very special plants that are
in a quarantine situation where you know the virus cannot be spread
further, otherwise you're likely to "forget" that the plant is virused and
you may help spread the virus further?

I thought this was worth clarifying.  If the milk can actually CURE the
virus that is great, but I would have thought that it is just a "cosmetic"
fix?  I am sorry if this was mentioned earlier.  If it was then I must have
missed it while I read through the other emails.


Paul Tyerman
Canberra, Australia.  USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9

Growing.... Galanthus, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Cyclamen, Crocus,
Cyrtanthus, Liliums, Hellebores, Aroids, Irises plus just about anything
else that doesn't move!!!!!

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