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Re: Crown/Bud Confusion

I believe a "crown" is the whole hosta. A crown can be a 1 division crown or a
25 division crown. If you remove a division from a 25 division crown you now
have a 24 division crown and a 1 division crown.

I believe the terms "shoot" and "division" are used interchangeably. A shoot
only becomes a division when it is separated from the mother crown. IMO.

For instance, start with a hosta "crown"  with four "shoots". Dig this plant and
separate each of the four shoots allowing each shoot to have some root material.
You now have divided this hosta into four single division crowns.

Buds-there are apical buds and axillary buds. The apical bud is growing and
forming new leaves and axillary buds. The axillary buds remain dormant until the
plant stimulates them to grow. The axillary buds are formed in the axil of the
new leaves.

I also could not find my AHS Glossary. My crown, shoot and division explanations
are based on what I have heard Alex Summers call these hosta parts in
conversation and may or may not agree with the glossary.

Dan Nelson              corrections and additions requested
Bridgeville DE
zone 7
-----Original Message-----
From: Glen Williams <gw1944@VERMONTEL.COM>
Date: Saturday, February 20, 1999 8:46 AM
Subject: Crown/Bud Confusion

I find myself somewhat confused about buds and crowns. Can a leaf bundle
arising from a single bud (also having some root structure) be legitmately
called a crown? The axillary buds near the base of each leaf which will
produce a similar/identical leaf  which Dan alludes to, are these at a
stage where they merely fill out a crown  or are they at some time
considered potential crowns, other than through separation and growth.
Sorry for the wordiness and confusion.
At the moment I can not find that list of definitions in the Journal
created by CHF. We use the term crown a great deal especially in the sale
of hostas. I am having trouble with the specifics. Thought I knew...wrong

Glen Williams Zone 5a   Springield , Vermont.

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