After last year's discovery of HVX, I was very leery of getting any more Hostas. I decided to order this 'Risky Business' only after assurances that the nursery involved did not have any problems with HVX.This looks an awful lot like a virus symptom. Fortunately, I got a guarantee with this plant.
But then I start to wonder, am I getting paranoid? Do I see disease in every shading on a leaf? What about this leaf on 'Sweet Home Chicago'?
Is the plant really supposed to look like this? How about this on 'Olive Baily Langdon'?I'm going to have to order some HVX ImmunoStrips, which is a rapid test for determining whether a plant is infected with HVX. This may be the only way to save some Hostas and my sanity.
For more information about the disease, please refer to the following articles:
"Hosta Virus X" by Josh Spece
"Hosta Virus X: A new threat to one of our favorite shade perennials" by Terry L. Yockey
"Hosta Virus X" by Megan Kennelly
"Hosta Virus X" Kemper Center Problem Categories