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Re: sports


I agree that it is hard to acess whether TC produces more sports than
dividing in containers or in the field.  It would have to be determined
experimentally.  You are also right that all buds survive in the lab jars.
How I wish the all greens and all yellows would just die off.  A plant
without chlorophyll can not grow in the ground, but it has no trouble
growing in culture.  I think the other thing to remember is that sports
appearing in the field are rarely propagated, but can easily be missed in
the lab.  Put Pauls Glory into culture and that nice gold center completly
vanishes.  Try to cut Pauls Glory without culls (there are many Hosta where
it is hard to see the variegation in the lab).

Jim Anderson

-----Original Message-----
From: Meum71@aol.com <Meum71@aol.com>
To: hosta-open@mallorn.com <hosta-open@mallorn.com>
Date: Saturday, August 14, 1999 10:13 PM
Subject: Re: sports

>In a message dated 8/14/1999 8:25:02 PM Central Daylight Time,
>ranbl@netsync.net writes:
><< Jim
> I on the other hand, would like to do more than imply, I have come to
> the conclusion, that sports are far more frequent in TC than in other
> kinds of growing and dividing situations.  I have come to accept that no
> matter who I get my TC from, there will likely be at least one in twenty
> "off types" in many varieties.  >>
>On a natural Hosta clump I think that many of the sport buds never get a
>chance to grow-they tend to be the newer smaller eyes that do not grow
>the terminal buds or stems are damaged.  They also tend not to be the
>stronger growing buds unless they are an all green form on a variegated
>plant. thus they are over come and suppressed by other stems
>In tissue culture All "buds" get a more or less equal chance of growing.
>I still think that it has more to do with numbers-but I am open to change
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