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Re: tissue culture liners


Gail,

Tissue Culture liners are small plants, usually between 2" and 8" tall.
Ours are grown in 72 cell packs (the same ones that you buy most bedding
plants in).  The 72 refers to 72 little pots in a 10" by 20" tray, usually
in a break apart sheet (4 to 6 pots in a pack).  The pot size is about 1.25"
square by 2" deep.  The term liner originally comes from the nursery trade
where plants were 'lined out' in rows in the field to be finished.  Although
some TC Hosta are field grown, most today are finished in containers.

For the home gardener, TC plants can easily be grown, but do need a little
extra protection (dogs, cats, large feet, etc.).  Often they are container
grown the first year before putting in the ground.  It takes about one year
additional to get a mature plant from a TC liner.  I would not be worried
about an experienced Hosta grower (or gardener) having any trouble growing
TC plants.  However, I would not like to see such plants getting into the
'Wal-Mart trade'.

Jim Anderson

----- Original Message -----
From: <Gailjo3@aol.com>
To: <hosta-open@mallorn.com>
Sent: Tuesday, December 21, 1999 10:26 AM
Subject: Re: tissue culture liners


> Pardon my ignorance, but could someone explain what a tissue culture liner
> is?  Are these very small plants?
> I'm assuming that they might be like first year seedlings; am I correct?
gail
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