> One of my job rolls in the 80s was quality control in a massive wholesale > nursery & i had a fascination at the time with variegated viral infections > that cause variegation in other wise healthy ornamental & native plants in > perfect growing conditions, we supplied woolworths & coles supermarkets, so > everything had to be perfect & the variegated plants were usually separated > from the group for experimentation or dumped. So i started to collect them & > work on keeping the variegated viral strains in circulation for development > for the nursery industry. I see many of my babies that were traded with > others & are in nurseries & gardens today. I had many species that were very > unusual to see as variegated & was very successful at keeping them that way > by simply removing enough of the green foliage that the virus could stay > dominant, while balancing enough green material for photosynthesis. > > This may be quite difficult to do in clivias because they tend to be slower > growing, like a low light environment & are pretty tough, so they will > easily out grow the virus in comfortable growing conditions. Good on u for > having a healthy garden :-) Some times they do not revert so easilly & will > stay variegated for much longer but its often a game of cat & mouse. > > It would definetaly be worth the experiment to start removing some of the > green leaf material, the virus effected leaves might support more cloriphill > to survive in time & you can remove more green leaf, eventually the virus > may take over again. Its a fun experiment & would be cool to know if it > works 4 u....." THIS IS ABSOLUTELY MIND BOGGLING!!! TO THINK THAT SERIOUS GROWERS ARE AT PAINS TRYING TO HAVE THEIR COLLECTIONS HEALTHY!!!!