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  Sick tubers
From: "Frank & Lara Wolpert" <frank.lara1 at tiscali.co.uk> on 2004.11.15 at 10:43:28(12383)
Hi All,

I use the following method when treating tubers with rot.

Scrape away as much of the rotten material as you can with your thumb
nail. Then coat the wound with a thick layer of Borax (obtainable from a
pharmacy). When you see the Borax going yellow, shake it off the tuber,
and apply a fresh layer. Leaving for about 2 hours should be sufficient.
Any more and the healthy tissue starts to dry out. After the 2 hours,
wash all traces of the Borax off the tuber, and then keep the tuber in a
cool area to dry off.

I keep the tuber in a bag of dry peat until the next growing season.
When the tuber is replanted you have to be careful with the watering
until normal growth resumes.

I have saved a few Amorphophallus and Arisaemas using the above method.

Hope I have been of help.

Regards
Frank

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From: "Greg Dorst" <gregg1- at charter.net> on 2004.11.17 at 20:14:14(12391)
Thank you for the reply/ I was wondering if you have any knowledge of a
virus effecting paeoniifolius. I was discussing the same with D. Scott
Taylor. as there is sufficient evidence showing a lack of responce in
recovery from fungal treatment or seamingly enough evidence to suggest a
possibility of a virus. Can I further post a collective of cures offered ,
with yours being one of them?
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