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Re: "won't she ever shut up?"

  • Subject: Re: "won't she ever shut up?"
  • From: "Bill Meyer" <njhosta@hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 8 Aug 2001 19:32:56 -0400

Hi Alttara,
          Nice if it would work, but...........It's been tried. They are really persistant. They live in the rhizome too, and by the time you see the damage, it has probably already spread to the neighboring plants. The guys using ZeroTol are giving it good marks, so I think it would be worth a try, especially with heat. Since it has no restrictions, it probably isn't very dangerous. Nematodes will cause a plant to decline from year to year, and will eventually infest all the plants in your yard if they are ignored. They are a more serious pest than they look at first.
                                                                             ..........Bill Meyer

OK, so all of you much more hosta-wise and experienced than I...

Since the problem is foliar nematodes, and they are actively eating and breeding in the leaves, then why wouldn't just pulling off all leaves to the base of the crown, bleach/disinfecting the crown and roots, and discarding the old soil, get rid of the nematodes?

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