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Re: Unregistered Hostas

Deborah Shanahan wrote:
> I don't understand the following post. What are the "greats" that aren't
> registered, and how can nurseries be prevented from selling them.  Somebody, please explain.
> Deb
> ================
Many growers , us included, have offered for sale a lot of well known
hostas , that have never been registered.  That is usually done by the
originator, and the process , in the past has been expensive and
sometimes difficult.
, so many have been left unrigestered.  An example of a "great" Hosta
that for many years and up untill reciently was not registered, is
August Moon.  Almost every grower, has , or has had stock of this plant
for sale.  There are many others.  Once a grower has devoted space and
time to "building" stock, he does not want to be told that in certain
situations (AHS related) he will not be allowed to sell that material. 
It also tends to fly in the face of free enterprize.  On the other hand
, without registration , which is simply a recorded list of recognized
Hosta names and and descriptions, there is no guarentee, that the plant
you buy, under a certain name, is really what you will get.  You will be
able to find many sources for any Hosta you want, but you may not be
able to read about them in tha Hosta Journal, or find them listed in AHS
members lists.  Unless you are about to buy all five thousand or so
Hosta varieties that are believed to exist, it is not going to be much
of a problem for you.
Ran Lydell
10749  Bennett  Rd.
Dunkirk,  NY  14048
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