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Re: Using Genetics in Hybridizing ( was Size and crosses)

  • Subject: Re: Using Genetics in Hybridizing ( was Size and crosses)
  • From: Larry McLain <olemacdee@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2002 17:00:39 -0800 (PST)

Thank you Dan!  Are previous copies of the journals available for purchase? The next question, is Lu the one I need to talk to about joining the AHS?  I will definitely read Jim Wilkins piece on hybridizing, if I can get my hands on it! Larry

  Dan & Lu <hostanut@Bellsouth.net> wrote:

Jim Wilkins wrote "Using Genetics in Hybridizing" published in The Hosta Journal Volume 23 number 1(spring 1992). Jim wrote an excellant article and IMO it is required reading for hosta folk interested in hybridizing. It just so happens that I was reading it this morning. Lu and I have two complete sets of The Hosta Journal and I'm making an attempt at reading them all........we'll see how long that resolution last....It's a lot of reading......but past issues are a real gold mine of information. Clyde Crockett was the Journal editor back in 92 and Vic Santa Lucia was our president.
Dan & Lu
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2002 9:30 AM
Subject: Re: Size and crosses

Thank you, Mr. Zonneveld!

I was wondering why that H. plantaginea wasn't used in the majority of breeding lines, to get the large fragrant blooms. Now I see that there is a low fertility outcome, potentially. I would think that additional crosses could isolate the better traits of  H.plantaginea, but this would take time. Again thank you for any pointers that you may provide, for someone like myself, just starting in the habitation of hostas. I know your time is at a premium! Larry

  zonneveld <zonneveld@rulbim.leidenuniv.nl> wrote:

Size does not matter when making crosses in hosta. All species
cross easily with the exception of H plantaginea that is in a
separate section Of course the ease with wich hybrids can be
crossed strongly depends on their fertility. Especially hybrids with
H plantaginea have mostly a very low fertility. However by repeated
(back)crossing I succeeded in growing a venusta-like plant with
Ben J.M.Zonneveld
Clusius lab pobox 9505
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands
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