Let's look at some thinking that has
not been presented so far.
Chick has indicated that the "
originator" may not have all that many expenses. Here are the facts.
My average for a "potential "new plant" to grow on and observe, is about one in
4000. Each year I select around 75 to 100 plants for this. These are
planted in a "special" bed, and labeled. It will take another two years, (
except for plants selected for blooms, that takes much longer) to start to pick
out a few small clumps that "look good" For me the next phase, is to place
a few of these plants in "test gardens" and ask for results and opinion of the
host. I will in the meantime, plant the remaining pieces in several kinds
of locations here at Eagle Bay. The results and "best conditions" are all
noted as are all comments by the "test gardens" this is a process that
takes another 3 to 4 years. During that time, assuming the plant seems to
have potential, pictures and stats are taken for registration. The plus
here is this has given me time to "build stock", although many plants do not
"pass muster" and are discarded,or never offered for sale. At this point,
the "market" has to be introduced to the plant. Obviously,it needs a name
that will be attractive. It must be shown in as many forums, as one can
find, including leaf shows and shows like "First Look" If the introducer
is lucky, the plant will slowly become "sought after" If the introducer is
extremely lucky, it will make a "hit" somewhere, and be an "overnight"
success. Any thought that a fair return for all this effort, is the noted
5.00 cost, is just plain wrong. The best answer for me has been to "sit on
it" until I have a quantity of stock ready, or to have private Tc work done by
some one who will not "loose" my plant. You may then want to offer
the "stock" to someone who can market it for you.
Ran's, and others, descriptions of what it takes to get a
great new hosta reminds me of some gardening show where hundreds
(thousands?) of new daylilies were all planted out....in efforts to come up with
a new plant worth introducing. I'm sure this is true for lots of other
plants too. What do those hybridizers do to recoup some of their expenses
and to make a living at it? Sorry if this question has already been
White Bear Lake, MN