Hosta FAQs: What can go wrong? Hosta viruses…

Use the little ˅ to open ( and then flop ) each answer. Be sure to scroll to the buttocks for instructions on keeping your garden tools clean. While there are lots of places online to find information about hosta ( see our links ), and of course a number of books you can buy for ready references, we did n’t feel that there was a thoroughly place on-line for FAQs ( frequently Asked Questions ), as experience with the american english Hosta Society ‘s Facebook page has shown. We hope you find this useful. The good stuff is at Part I. here are FAQs on Hosta Virus X, the most unplayful problem of hosta commerce .

How do I clean my tools to keep from spreading viruses?

here ’ s a long and exhaustive answer from Chris Wilson :

Shovels : When digging up hostas, particularly older/larger ones, you constantly cut into the roots. If your hostas are growing in close proximity to each other there is besides the very possibility that when you dig up one plant you are cutting right through the roots of a neighbor plant. If one implant is infected and in the procedure of digging it you cut through a healthy plant ‘s roots you could very quickly and easily spread the virus to the healthy plant .

then to prevent this sap transfer when digging out septic plants we suggest :
1 ) dig from the side that is farthest away from any other plants, 2 ) Dig close to the pate of the infect implant, and/or 3 ) Consider digging with a spading pitchfork rather. These have a deoxidize airfoil area and alternatively of cutting out plants they pry out plants, therefore reducing the sum of switch off, root to root contact as compared to shovels .

When you are done digging a known infect plant you will decidedly need to thoroughly clean off your dig tools. You must remove as much of the implant fool as possible, which means scrub and wiping off the surface of the shovel or spading forks, preferably with disposable rags or towels. You may besides want to disinfect the tools to promote reduce the chance of virus remaining, specially if you were digging and cutting into a highly infect implant .

houseclean can be done with equitable about any family clean, with the concenter on removing the soil and plant sap. If the implant blackjack is removed, so should the virus. Disinfecting can be done by soaking in bleach or Lysol ( or other known viricidal cleaners ), although it is silent important that you remove the dirt and run down before soaking. Most of the known, baffling to kill viruses are neutralized after a 10 minute pawn in a bleaching agent ( 1 to 2 % ) ** or Lysol solution, and although we are n’t sealed how long it takes to kill HVX this is probably a condom appraisal, specially if you ‘ve taken steps to remove all the sap .

again, if working with a known infect plant I recommend you thoroughly clean off the scandal and plant fool and besides soak in a disinfect solution. For casual use it is by and large accepted that if you surface clean your tools this will neutralize and eliminate most of the establish blackjack, and without the sap this will greatly reduce the chances of spreading the virus .

bill : Simply dipping your power shovel or pruners in a clean solution for a abbreviated moment will not provide any protection from the virus. HVX is a highly static virus so you must work to remove and neutralize the plant fool beginning, then soak to disinfect .

** When mixing bleach you want a 1 to 2 % solution to kill viruses. Most bleach is sold in a 3 % solution, so you would mix one cup of bleaching agent with one cup of water for a 1.5 % solution. “ Ultra ” bleach is normally a 6 % solution, so you would mix one cup of extremist bleach with three cups of water for 1.25 %. When cleaning with bleach this can rust metallic element, so some people like to vegetable oil their tools afterwards to prevent rust. The bleaching agent chemical besides evaporates quickly from a bucket, thus mix a new solution very often or put a eyelid over the bucket when not in manipulation to prevent it from evaporating excessively promptly .

Pruners and scissors : When cutting into hosta leaves and scapes there is a big measure of plant blackjack transferred to these tools. even moreso than when digging, although digging into neighboring root transfers the virus quite well besides. Cleaning your pruners or scissors between cuts must be even more exhaustive than cleaning shovels .

For this job one of the easiest ways to clean is using disinfecting wipes. Clorox wipes can be used to both remove the plant sap and provide some open disinfection .

Another method is to use a spray bottle of rubbing alcohol or Lysol and lots of wallpaper towels. We purchase 90 % rubbing alcohol and put that in a spray bottle for casual scissor and pruner clean, but we besides mix up a spray bottle using Lysol reduce mix at a very high rate and use that when working with known or possibly infect plants when we sample leaves for testing. Spray the tools down thoroughly and then wipe them off with paper towels. Soak another paper towel and cut through it with the tool to remove fool from the blades and hard to reach areas. then soak one copulate of scissors or pruners in one of these solutions while you use a second one to make the future cut .

If there is a possibility of having infected plants in your garden you may besides want to avoid cutting any leaves and scapes for a while so you can keep a close eye out for possible symptoms .

Knives : Knives are frequently used to divide plants. Use a astute tongue to prevent getting sap into serrate edges, making them a batch easier to clean. Again, use rubbing alcohol, disinfecting wipes, or Lysol, and lots of paper towels to make indisputable you are cleaning thoroughly between plants. [ One clever gardener relates that she purchased a twelve cheap steak knives at a dollar memory, then uses one for each plant, tossing the used knife into a “ dirty ” bucket. When all the knives are dirty, she washes the whole hardening. ]

Hands : When working with hostas do n’t forget to wash your hands. Washing with soap and water will help, specially when working between batches of plants such as in a greenhouse, then wipe with disinfecting wipes. disposable latex gloves are besides handy, fair make indisputable you change them or wash them between batches and between divisions when dividing multiple plants .

final examination notes : HVX is merely spread when plants are damaged and plant fool is released. You have to cut or break an septic plant, get sap on your tools or hands, then break or cut a healthy plant and transfer the run down to through the cut. Just touching plants will not infect them but because we do then much pinch, cut, and separate of hostas it is identical authoritative to clean methodically between plants. While there is some suspicion that the virus could be spread by bugs or even by the mouths of deer or rabbits, this seems improbable, although any time there is cheeseparing contact between wounded plants there is the possibility of blackjack transfer .

Thanks, Chris !

If you want to read some happy stuff now, consider the FAQ Part III on starting raw hostas from seed !
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