When left to nature, the plant , through a process
we call apical dominance (Spelling?) "favors" the biggest and best buds for the
following years growth. Frequently "extra" buds, simply abort. Using all
these methods ( and especially with Bud Isolation) each bud "senses" that it is
now the lone survivor. Hense each bud becomes "dominant" .
"Back buds" (the ones less likely to have grown) are the ones most likely to
have color sports, so you can acomplish three things . better increase, more
sports and larger average plants .
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Sent: Friday, August 23, 2002 8:20
Subject: Re: Zumbarizing
In a message dated 8/22/2002 10:22:41 PM Eastern
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There are four methods used for crown
divison/multiplication. They are Bud Cuttings (Alex Summers
method) Rossizing, ( the method introduced by Henery Ross)
Zumberizing, (Bill Zumbar) and Bud Isolation , ( Ran Lydell's method.)
Thank you Ran for the description of each method. I realized
that I have been doing Rossing/Zumbarizing wrong all these years. I have
been dividing the bud by removing a leaf; pushing the sharp knife through the
bud; and continuing down through the basal plate. This explains why the
next spring the hosta do not multiply. The 'method' I was
using must have been killing the dormant bud for the following year's
growth...a big duhhhh!!!!!!!!