Symptoms of potato virus X
You may not see symptoms other than a drop in tuber production. Your plants may look bushier. Or, you may see chlorosis, dead spots in tubers, leaf crinkling, mosaics, ringspots, and smaller leaves.
Potato virus X management
Potato X disease is spread mechanically on tools, clothing, and infected roots and tubers. Avoid walking through potentially infected areas and use clean, disease-free seed potatoes to prevent this disease. Crop rotation can help break the cycle once it occurs.
Since potato X also appears on weeds in the same families, pull any bindweed growing near susceptible crops. Heck, it’s always a good idea to get rid of bindweed.
Some potato varieties, such as Atlantic, HiLite Russet, Norwis, and Sebago, are somewhat resistant to PVX, so you may want to use them in your potato patch.
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