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Fw: yellow tardianas

  • Subject: Fw: yellow tardianas
  • From: "Bill Meyer" <njhosta@hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2001 11:36:25 -0500

Hi Ben,
>        I made the cross 'Frances Williams' x 'Fall Bouquet' a few years
> along with the reverse cross. I reported on this in an article in the BHHS
> Bulletin, which included a picture of three of the gold seedlings which
> resulted.  These crosses yielded several golds (one picture attached)
> have some similarity to the tardianas. I have also made other crosses
> 'FW' from which a few golds have resulted. Others who have grown 'Frances
> Williams' seed on have reported a fair amount of golds (5-10%) among the
> offspring as well. Granted, using an all-gold sport would give a much
> percentage, but come October any sieboldiana in bloom is fairly hard to
> by.  I counted myself lucky to find a 'FW' to use for this project. I
> by my prediction that there will be some golds among the offspring from
> crosses with tardiflora, based on my experience with 'FW' in crosses, but
> the Brits say "The proof is in the pudding". Hopefully the purchaser will
> report on what comes up. There were no other hostas in bloom when the
> crosses were made, so contamination will not be an issue.
> ........Bill Meyer
> The plant in the photo is in a one-gallon pot, and was taken a few years
> ago. It has not yet produced any larger leaves, and the ones here are
> much mature in appearance. One of the other seedlings shows red coloring
> the petioles, but this one does not.
> > A cross Of Francis Wiliams x tardiflora will rarely if ever give you a
> > yellow seedling (only in those very rare cases were the L1
> > contributes to egg formation) If you want to introduce yellow in the
> > tardianas use the yellow sport from Francis Williams This will give
> > you 50 % yellow offspring
> > Ben J.M.Zonneveld

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