About three years ago, I started a thread in here, thinking that I had somehow messed up my plant’s DNA by “cloning the clone” repeatedly, but apparently that doesn’t work that way. The general consensus was that the mutant leaf problem would clear up by itself. And it seemed to, but if I looked close enough, it was still there and has been ever since. I guess I’ve gotten used to seeing it as “just how the plant grows”. Here’s a pic of the problem 3 years back. That’s a thrip on the right. Mid-July, we had a heat wave around here and my mom cabinet got a little too warm and my 2 bonsai moms went nuts. Every leaf on both plants had a mutant wackiness to it. There weren’t any branches unaffected. This was taken in the second week of flower and while these two look a lot happier than the other plants, they’re doing it too, but it’s much more subtle. These plants are from the same batch as the moms. 8 (of 12) weeks into flower. As flowering plants, they don’t really look too bad, but… I was checking out the monthly topics over at Growweedeasy.com and came across some pictures of some plants that had a familiar look to them. Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV): What is Causing Splotchy Leaves? Between that article and a bit of Googling, I’ve come to realize that I might have a serious problem: If what I’m seeing is TMV or one of the other 4 or 5 virus variants that seem to affect cannabis, how would I ever get rid of it? In three years, it’s got to be all over everything around here, including all the nice bud I’ve been enjoying. Some stuff I read about TMV: ----------------------------------- TMV can lay dormant for 10+ years. It was the first virus ever discovered. We don’t know absolutely for sure if cannabis can get it…. But if it can, it’s not curable. Oh fucking goody… Dead plant material can transfer viruses. (That would mean tasty bud too, like from a dispensary. I’ve never thought much about washing my hands before touching my plants, but I’m starting to get used to the habit.) It can be present in tobacco, but whiteflies, and thrips can also carry it. It doesn’t seem to affect people. (Good thing.) They say it can cause a 25% loss in yield. While I’d love to see 25% more yield, what I’ve been getting doesn’t really seem out of line for the space and light. Whatever my plant’s got, it seems systemic, it passes easily to clones, and is lots more of a problem in veg. It also seems to generate very weird deformities when the plants get too hot. And it wasn’t there the first couple of years that I grew this pheno. Here’s a funky leaf sticking out of a bud. SO…. It’s looking like she needs to get tossed and I need to start over. Do they seem a little too dry? Maybe it’s from sitting on the table for several weeks as I contemplated contagious cannabis diseases. Got 3 more 5 year-old KF Fem seeds left… Two are relaxing in a wet paper towel after an overnight swim. OS PS I’ve spent real a long time just lately looking at the leaves of other plants on the internet. I don’t see signs of this stuff anywhere, but a couple of plants around here got a suspicious look to them: Blazer’s Candyland Mr. G’s new sprouts from Chim Chiminey Check ‘em out…. I hope I’m mistaken.