In The Garden: Hosta with bleach-splatter pattern

Discussion in 'Plants: Identification' started by SSivertz, Jun 30, 2020.

  1. SSivertz

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    Hey folks. Is this hosta infected with HVX or is this a cultivar?
     

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    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    Hi, we have been growing Hostas for over 40 years and have not seen one sold like that. IMO it does have HVX.
     
  3. Margot

    Margot Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    If this is HVX (Hosta Virus X), it is important to remove the plant as soon as possible because the virus spreads quickly to other plants.

    On the website below, I read that "early on, some plants with the disease were propagated and grown for their 'interesting' foliage."

    Hosta Virus X
     
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    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    Hi Margot, Just read it, how irresponsible people are just to make money.
     
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    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    I know nothing about this, but it seems clear why you ask - this looks very different from "mottling"; the leaves do not have any diseased look to them. Is there a way to have the plant tested for the virus?
     
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    Margot Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    I guess it's possible that growers who first saw the strange markings on hosta leaves didn't realize they were propagating diseased plants. I have heard that there are some plants sold these days whose interesting markings are the result of stable viruses. The history of tulips is fascinating in that regard - apparently the 'tulipomania' that overtook the Netherlands in the 17th century was, in part, the result of amazing variations in tulips affected by viruses.

    Tulip viruses
     
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    Margot Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    It's true the leaves do not have a diseased look to them insofar as they are well formed but, to me, the erratic dark and light markings on leaves that would normally be a more solid green, is a tell-tale sign of disease.
     
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    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    I've just been through every Hosta photo of the British Hosta Society and not one has the markings on @SSivertz photo.
    This link shows the british collection. Hosta Gallery
    Now this may be a sport, but I feel it is HVX. If it is then Margot's advice is correct, it must be destroyed and not put in compost bins etc.
     
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    Thanks everyone, I'll notify our Integrated Pest Management department and get those hostas removed.
     

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