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    Default Potato mosaic virus

    Is this potato mosaic virus? Originally I thought maybe some feed had got on the leaves, but now it looks like it might be spreading to another plant. What do you guys think?

    If it is mosaic... should I cut the infected leaves off the other plant and remove this one? Should I remove both plants?

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    After a quick Google search, sorry to say it looks like potato mop-top virus but I could be wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Bones View Post
    After a quick Google search, sorry to say it looks like potato mop-top virus but I could be wrong.
    Oh no! Thanks for the advice. Though I can’t seem to find much information on either virus, it’s good to have an ID.

    I was hoping it was some kind of leaf bleaching from fertiliser and so had isolated the plant and cut off affected leaves, to test whether the patterning would return.

    I’ll definitely remove it now. I guess the benefit of growing in buckets is that it’s less likely to have spread to other plants. Fingers crossed anyway.
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    Hi MD,
    I'm none too sure, as in all likelihood it is just a bit of damage due to bleaching from fertiliser as you say, on the other hand if it was mine I'd bin it, on the grounds of the risk/reward ratio being too high to keep it.
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    How would one dispose of a plant and soil in cases like this?
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    Is there an illustrated guide to potato ailments? Some of mine are curling up at the edges- not sure if it's a disease or something else. Unlikely to be fertiliser burn (as they haven't been fertilised)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoop Puss View Post
    How would one dispose of a plant and soil in cases like this?
    top and roots in the Council green waste - dig a 2' hole and bury the compost would be my method.
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    We’re the potatoes from a supermarket (maybe you want to put the whole pots worth in a bag in your grey bin so if it is a virus it doesn’t contaminate the green waste & get it out of your garden).
    Edit -If they’re seed potatoes they should be disease free.
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