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WTG! Very well written and it's obvious you spent a lot of time researching this subject. It's taken far too long for the consumer to be informed about this nasty virus. I've informed every nursery, big box store, gardening friend, etc. anytime I even suspect or detect signs of this virus in their Hostas. Unfortunately most have looked at me with a blank stare :( Your article will undoubtedly help educate even more gardeners and they will hopefully join the fight to STOP HVX!
People must educate themselves about HVX! The government needs to deal with the Dutch growers and we as consumer need to quite buying these defective plants from the places that sell them! Problem is, some people just don't get it...
Thank you so much for this info. I now realize that the hostas that stated from roots in 2004 have this virus. I just thought the roots were mis-named. I have about 4 plants that I have to remove. The plants come back every year and they look healthy but they never get the size they should be and sorta deckline as the weather gets hotter. I am sick with worry and I hope that my other hostas are not infected. I am going to remove them and will follow the instructions that you have provided for the disposal of the infected plants. Again thank you, I never would have known what was happening to my little and big hostas.