Friday 20 July 2012

The good, the bad and the ugly

A healthy marrow plant

If the virus that causes the variegated markings on Abutilon is beautiful, this is the other side of the coin. Photographed in my vegetable garden, this is a virus on a young courgette. Most viruses are not seed-borne, but this one is. A packet of marrows usually carries at least one infected seed. Cut out any infected plants straight away! The virus will spread to your healthy marrows. You will get virtually no courgettes on such a diseased plant.

There will be no courgettes on this diseased plant

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