Garden Center Recycling of Potting Mixes? & HVX
I have spent, as a HostaHolic a few hours touring Garden Centers and other retail sales outlets for Hostas. One thing I have found in common among them, if I snoop around enough (no, not as the "Dark One")is a pile of waste material which consists of peat type pot parts, potting mix, dead plants, etc. I have always assumed this is a composting pile for recycling these normally valuable organic materials that the Garden Centers and Growers spend $$$$ developing. It seems the piles are periodically turned (by a tractor with a bucket I assume).
If this is the case, I can't help thinking about what might happen to HVX infected plants at these garden centers, etc. Then thinking about this a new question comes to mind about HVX infected plants: At the retail sales level do HVX infected plants normally die back earlier in the fall than non-infected plants? At the end of the sales season there is a massive increase in the waste materials I have mentioned.
No one spends more time at the sales level nurserys other than owners and employees than we who buy their product. So it seems to me it is proper to ask this question among ourselves, the hobbyists, who frequent the operations. We care for our equipment by sterilizing them against cross contamination of HVX, and talk about leaving the soil where we have removed an HVX infected plant barren for a long time.
Can't these piles of garden waste at the growers and sales operations potentially pose cross contamination problems regarding HVX? Do the owner/operators sterilize their buckets on their tractors, for instance?
I don't know! I do know that owners/operators of some of these business watch our forum and might want to chime in. I invite their input.