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Author Topic: Narcissus Virus  (Read 1998 times)

Mavers

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Narcissus Virus
« on: March 23, 2010, 02:10:23 PM »
Many of the special dwarf narcissus I planted last Autumn are coming through with leaves showing signs of virus, particularly from one source.

Has anyone else noticed an increase virused bulbs being sent out from suppliers?
Mike
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Re: Narcissus Virus
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2010, 02:52:55 PM »
I had a phase on old-fashioned/heritage narcissi for a while but quickly stopped that as I got sent so many virused bulbs!
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Re: Narcissus Virus
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2010, 04:59:14 PM »
I wouldn't point the finger at one UK supplier. If they haven't grown their own in their field they are bought in from Dutch Suppliers
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Re: Narcissus Virus
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2010, 07:26:34 PM »
Yes mark I think you are right

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Re: Narcissus Virus
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2010, 07:56:00 PM »
I wouldn't point the finger at one UK supplier. If they haven't grown their own in their field they are bought in from Dutch Suppliers
Well, no doubt. But the UK suppliers should check what they supply, especially given the reputation of their suppliers.
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Re: Narcissus Virus
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2010, 08:24:15 AM »
Thank you all for your PM's.

Though sorely tempted because it is so annoying to spend good money on diseased bulbs, I purposely didn't mention the supplier as I thought it would be unfair as suggested.

It seem's virused bulbs are being passed on by more than one supplier.

Does anyone know of a supplier with clean stocks of dwarf narcissus?

I was talking to Steve Dale-Lewis of the Mead Nursery near Trowbridge Wilts (lovely nursery to visit by the way) on Friday & he has stopped offering 'Lemon Silk' as he cannot get non-virused bulbs from any supplier. He mentioned something about research being done with exposing bulbs to radiation to control virus. Has anyone heard of this?

Mike
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