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Re: AHS - Definitions needed

Hi Cornelia,

You asked "What is the definition of a BUD?"

Bud parts; Apical meristem, leaf primordia, axillary bud primordium, internode,
and node.

The apical meristem is made up of cells that have the ability to change into any
type of cell found in the plant. The apical meristem is what tissue culture labs
use to get a hosta started for propagation in vitro.

Late in the season if you dig a hosta crown and pull its leaves off one by one
you will find an axillary bud in the axil of every leaf. This axillary bud has
the same genetics as the leaf it was growing under. If this axillary bud is
removed along with some of the crown and some root tissue a new plant can be
started that will have the genetics and chimeral rearrangements of the original
leaf. This is called a "Dormant Bud Cutting" by Alex Summers, the originator of
this technique. This is one way to separate a sport on a hosta that only shows
up in one or a few leaves.

Whew.......................I could go for a beer!

Dan Nelson         corrections and additions are requested
Bridgeville DE
zone 7
-----Original Message-----
From: Cornelia Holland <cbholland@WORLDNET.ATT.NET>
Date: Thursday, February 18, 1999 7:48 PM
Subject: AHS - Definitions needed

In the AHS glossary, a CROWN is definied as the base of a plant where the
roots and shoots join.

A SHOOT is defined as the stem and set of leaves of an individual division:
dormant set of leaves all enclosed in a single set of leaf scales.

A DIVISION is defined as a single shoot with roots attached.

What is the definition of a BUD?

Cornelia Holland
Franklin, TN

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