Well a little update, I've already posted a bit about this in a separate thread (Results of ORSV and CymMV testing
) but I'll give a summary here anyway.
I tested all of my plants (about 40) and 5 of them came back positive for viruses, and three
of those five came from orchids.com (Norman's). Coincidence? I think not!
I told them about this and they sent me some BS spiel basically not wanting to take responsibility. But I insisted and they finally agreed to give me a refund IF I sent the plants back to them. I asked for an exchange instead (I REALLY loved the plants I had bought) and they refused (IMHO I think they know certain clones have viruses and they knew I would test them so they didn't want to send them to me).
I had to send the plants back (why? why would they want diseased plants back? this still really bugs me because the other 2 sellers told me to just throw away the virused plants. I really think they just turned around and resold them to someone other poor unsuspecting customer). Then they also cancelled
my account. Presumably so I can't order from them again (not that I ever intend to).
I honestly think orchids.com is knowingly
selling virused plants and they can obviously get away with it because I'm sure most of their customers don't test them.
Ugh, how can we ever expect to eradicate these viruses with sellers like these?