Bulbs and viruses (the 2011 season)
Just an FYI...as we are starting to enjoy the blooms of our new bulbs, and many of the plants won't have leaves for a while....nearly all of the leaves/bulbs in the big communal pot of Bellisimo, Alfresco, Baby Doll and Fanfare are showing signs of mosaic virus.
Since I feel like I got some of the first bulbs and forced them to bloom over 1 month ago for my demo talk, I'd let you know that it seems like the virus has hit some of the growers in Holland. Since I ordered 100 bulbs and they came to me in growers bags/boxes....I think we are looking at a big problems. SO...for those of you who are burning bulbs, get the Kleenex out now!! It's not going to be pretty!
I have just received my more "high end" bulbs, and am being very careful with them. The affected pot was kept on the other side of the house, and as the leave emerge, they are looking very "mosaic stricken". The precious new bulbs are coming right into the house...no sucking insects there (unless you count the setters...they are "bugs" that eat anything)!
FYI...those on the list that bought bulbs from me are getting their checks back - Nothing has been shipped yet as I was waiting for this week's cool down! This whole thing makes me very sad...and makes me more driven to see what (if anything) I can do to reduce the viral load. At least I have more sacraficial bulbs! I'd rather kill a $4 bulb than something pricier.