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Re: (streak)Question(s)

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Jim Hawes <hawesj@atlantic.net>
To: <streakl@one.list.com>; <hosta-open@mallorn.com>; <hawesj@atlantic.net>
Sent: Monday, January 29, 2001 8:15 AM
Subject: Re: (streak)Question(s)

> Horowitz on streak@onelist.com asked if anyone had crossed a streaked
> plant with another streaked plant. I am sure that many of us have done
> so. He asked for the results and any benefits derived.
> (Out of desparation, deprivation and frustration, I am coming out of a
> lurking stance to put something on hosta cyberspace  wavelengths and
> channels of communication. Hosta-open has been so empty lately that
> some one must restimulate the hosta community of friends into  awakening
> from their winter cold stupor and self-imposeddormancy.)
> Yes, Rick., I have crossed Galaxy with pollen from Chirifu about three
> years ago.. The result was at least one exceptional  seedling with a
> very dark green  center and a wide yellow-orange border. It's size to
> date is perhaps on the small size but the color combination was so
> different and striking that I plan to enter it into the First Look new
> seedling competion on June 9 in Connecticutt.  Any one who wants to see
> what it looks like can see it there. I have only one plant so far but
> more will be coming.
> I wonder why you asked the question? Did you intend for someone to go
> into a long-winded  discussion of why anyone would do such a thing? The
> reasons for using streaked pod parents to obtained variegated seedlings
> is well known,  I thought. This subject has been described in detail in
> many publications. It is easily located on the hostasports.com website.
> To my knowledge, there are no particular reasons for using pollen of
> streaked plants to encourage or influence additional chances of
> variegation in seedlings  to result. Variegation in hostas is influenced
> mostly by cytoplasmic inheritance factors (DNA from plastids) from the
> pod parent  rather than pollen from the male parent.
> Best Regards from
> Jim Hawes in Florida (where the temperature is expected to go up to 79 F
> today)
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