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Re: old vs new

I'm going to stick my neck out and venture the opinion that anyone who buys an
expensive streaked hosta to start a breeding program is wasting their money,
even though I sell them.

Why pay $50-100 for a "name" breeder when you can build your own from virtually
any streaked plant.  Instead of paying extra money to get good substance, get a
cheap streaked plant and cross it with a plant with good substance.  Build your
own breeding line.  The characteristics you want in your seedlings, except
variegation, can come from either parent.  Once you have some experience with
breeding, then you might decide you need a more expensive plant, but if you're
any good at it, after three or four generations of crossing, you may not need
someone else's breeder.

Now if you're in a hurry to produce that "dream" hosta, you might want to spend
the money now and get a jump start.  But then if you're in a hurry, you're
probably kidding yourself anyway.

And for a bit of undisguised commercialism, if you are interested in
inexpensive streaked plants, may I suggest you check out our offerings at:
If you're interested in expensive streaked plants, we sell them too.


> >Good afternoon
> > I asked this question on the nise hybridizers robin and I quess no one
> >there knew the answer. What are the benefits of using the newer more
> >expensive streaked breeders vs the older ones. Is it better form,
> >substance, higher percent of streaked seedling, or something else. This
> >is a question that would make a lot of difference to one just starting
> >out hybridizing.
> >Thanks
> >--
> >Bye
> >Bob
> >
> >       Bob Axmear 208 2nd St Ne  Waukon,Ia 52172-1308 319 568-4859
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