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Re: Question for Dr. Grewal

  • Subject: Re: Question for Dr. Grewal
  • From: Parwinder Grewal <grewal.4@osu.edu>
  • Date: Wed, 09 Jan 2002 13:17:50 -0500


Hosta robins is a great resource to interact with hosta lovers.  Yes, the 
idea of carrying a garbage bag during the morning walk in the garden is a 
good one.  Also marking the infected plants or the area helps in locating 
potential infection in the future.

I appreciate the opportunity that the American Hosta Society, local 
societies, and nurseries in the region have provided me to carry out my 
research on foliar nematodes.


At 05:12 PM 01/08/2002 -0500, you wrote:
>Dr. Grewal,
>I am so glad to see you post to the hosta robins.  Thank you for shedding 
>some light on this troublesome hosta-lover/hater!
>I just reread your article in THJ 2001 Volume 32 Number 1. I was amazed at 
>the life cycle of the beast.  I had been told to treat them once and then 
>again 2 weeks later in order to be treating the unhatched eggs that would 
>have been unaffected by the first application.  For me it was a point I 
>could relate to in my home garden. I can sometimes fool myself into 
>thinking that 'one shot' will do what is needed but I can see now that 
>with foliar nematodes a 'one-two punch' is a start at control.
>Another thing I had forgotten from your article and a simple chore that 
>would help with their control, is to take my morning garden walk with a 
>black plastic garbage bag in hand.  I hadn't thought to pull off leaves 
>showing signs of infestation. Sometimes the simplest solutions are 
>overlooked. I will take great pleasure in collecting the leaves and 
>putting the black plastic bag in the hot summer sun to cook!
>A friend, who considers foliar nematodes the bane of his existence, owns a 
>car body shop and takes garden markers to work each summer. He throws them 
>in the paint room when they are repairing a red car.  As he notices an 
>infected plant he sticks a red plant marker there.  Without a paint shop, 
>I will be doing something similar by cutting metal dry cleaner hangers and 
>hitting them with red spray paint. As I collect the infected leaves I'll 
>stick a painted hanger wire in each plant.
>I wish I could get to the Winter Scientific meeting or the Hosta College 
>and hear your presentation. I am glad to know that you are part of the 
>hosta robins and have answered some questions in this forum.  I think too, 
>that sometimes we gloss over information that doesn't apply to us at a 
>given time then later wish we could put our hands on it. The robins are a 
>great place to ask for help and get answers because as the participants on 
>the robins change some questions resurface and we get a chance to pay 
>closer attention to the information that is shared.
>Thank you for sharing with us here and reminding me to go reread some of 
>the great articles in past Hosta  Journals!  Reports from your research 
>that the AHS has helped to fund are just one example of how the national 
>organization has helped right in our own backyard.
>Thanks again for the research you do and for sharing the results with us!
>Carol in CT z6/5
>Carol Brashear
>AHS Membership Services

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