pbs Digest, Vol 87, Issue 18

Adam Fikso adam14113@ameritech.net
Mon, 19 Apr 2010 10:27:28 PDT
Thank you Ben, for this critical detail in assessing morphological 

I'm not sure than many Americans will believe you without further details . 
The information about "breaks" being due to virus has been around for at 
least 50 years here in the U.S..  Some of us even remember how the idea of 
virus being introduced to the genome and becoming part of it  (to transmit 
the character of "broken color" through subsequent generations of progeny) 
caught hold in our minds.  And many of us still don't believe that it is not 
transmissible as an infection a la tobacco mosaic virus (tobamo virus) from 
discarded cigarette butts in the garden.

Could this be a thread or topic for general  interest?.  It seems 
particularly appropriate in light of current comments in many venues that 
all Netherlands nursery stock being virus infected.

And apropos of this, perhaps-- does anybody have bulbs of Fritillaria 
persica that they've personally bloomed which are not stunted without 
flowers.  I've now bought bulbs for 5 years (from different dealers) hoping 
to get another plant of "Adiyaman" which I had-- that bloomed reliably every 
year (36 years ago) and apparently can no longer obtain even at a price of 
$6.95 each.

I'd like to purchase one that is guaranteed to bloom.  I know how to grow 
the thing, but the bulbs I have of persica show no capability.  The stem 
ends with no hint of necessary vegetative process for flowers.  Other frits 
grow and bloom well. Adam Fikso in Glenview, IL USDA Z 5a

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Zonneveld, B.J.M. (Ben)" <zonneveld@nhn.leidenuniv.nl>
To: <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, April 19, 2010 2:35 AM
Subject: Re: [pbs] pbs Digest, Vol 87, Issue 18

>I agree that not a single tulip is free of virus. However that is true

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