HVX Alert for the Northeast
Went to HD in Oxford, MA today because I needed some lumber and as usual looked at the Hosta. Here's what I saw.
Then I saw more.
About a half dozen plants were diseased. I told the worker with the orange apron. He, of course, didn't know what HVX was and couldn't do anything about it. But he did agree to tell his supervisor who was at lunch.
Here's the wholesale grower.
It turns out that The Plant Group, Inc. wholesales plants all over the Northeast. This includes most of New England, Eastern PA, New Jersey and New York. They deliver over 7 tractor trailer loads of perennials daily. Oh and they use mechanized potting machines that pot up 8,000 one gallon pots and 26,000 2 and 1/2 gallon pots a day.
What that means, of course, is that the Hosta potted up with the same machines that potted the ones pictured above are at risk for being diseased also.
So check the pot labels. If it says The Plant Group, Inc don't buy it.
I've emailed this company. I'd like to find out where they got their TC's from.