Jan Pennings, the Netherlands

Virus when cutting daffodils

February 28, 2010
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Categories: Diseases and Pests, Show Prep and Exhibiting, Shows, Virus

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Dear Friends,
I heard last week an interesting item.
There is for a long time a discussion about;  Can we bring over virus by picking flowers or mechanical f.i. with a knife.
Scientists have never seen with doing trials that you can bring over virus with machinery. But growers had an other idea. They believe that you indeed can bring over virus in that way. They also found a very cheap idea for sterilizing, machinery,  knives, your hands.  Use for sterilizing,  LOW Fat  milk.  1 liter milk together with 10 liter water.
Very cheap and works perfect.  Has anybody the same experience???

3 responses to “Virus when cutting daffodils”

  1. Donna Dietsch says:

    Dear Friends,
    I heard last week an interesting item.
    There is for a long time a discussion about;  Can we bring over virus by picking flowers or mechanical f.i. with a knife.
    Scientists have never seen with doing trials that you can bring over virus with machinery. But growers had an other idea. They believe that you indeed can bring over virus in that way. They also found a very cheap idea for sterilizing, machinery,  knives, your hands.  Use for sterilizing,  LOW Fat  milk.  1 liter milk together with 10 liter water.
    Very cheap and works perfect.  Has anybody the same experience???

  2. Debbie Green says:

    Here’s an article about what milk may or may not be able to do:

  3. Ben Zonneveld says:

    Dear Jan

    I must defend the scientists1. That virus can go from one plant to another is already known for at least 40 years when I was a student working with virus.

     2, I don’t know for sure for virus but it was published at least 10 years ago for fungi (rust) on roses etc that milk was effective

    Ben

     

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