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Trash time?

Lincoln, NE(Zone 5b)

This Blue Cadet has some suspicious looking spots. Time to go?

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Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

Sure looks like it COULD be, but I think I'd ask over at Hallson's. Chris is a real expert. Or test it if you can get test strips.

Maine, United States(Zone 5b)

Yeah, I agree with Ann. Chris seems to know what HVX looks like on various cultivars, so he'd probably know.

Halifax, MA(Zone 6a)

That looks like HVX to me. Here's a good article on it: http://www.inthecountrygardenandgifts.com/articles/hosta_virus_x.php

Karen

Lincoln, NE(Zone 5b)

Thank you

Halifax, MA(Zone 6a)

No problem. I have 2 that need trashing. Will wait for the fall to do it. They were purchased from Walmart, I believe. I no longer buy hostas from there or Lowe's or HD.

Karen

Royal Oak, MI(Zone 6a)

Karen, the only hosta I've had issues with so far was one from Lowe's. I was just learning about HVX (and at least took care to keep them separated!) but was still sad to see it come up sick last spring.

Halifax, MA(Zone 6a)

They say to stay away from hostas from the big box stores.

Karen

Syracuse, NY(Zone 5a)

Just starting my garden and just hearing about this. I just bought 2 hostas at Lowes... now I'm concerned I'll have to look them over when I get home

Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

Just isolate them and be careful to clean you hands if you use them to break off a flower or a leaf before you go on to any other hostas. They MAY be fine or they could be infected and not show signs for several years. If you are careful about how you handle them you should be able to grow them safely until you decide they are safe or see sign of infection.

Ann

Syracuse, NY(Zone 5a)

OK. Because disease shows up different on different cultivars and I'm new to gardening and still not exactly sure about what each one is supposed to look like, I'm gonna have to keep watching till I get the hang of it. It's hard to tell now since they are just starting new growth so some of the older leaves are different looking.

Halifax, MA(Zone 6a)

The 2 I have with the virus showed signs of it pretty quick, though I wasn't sure it that's what it was. Last year I was sure and should have removed them then. Now they are a lot bigger. Will definitely remove them in the fall.

Karen

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