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This happens every now and then for reasons unkown to me. Dan
I believe it is safe to say that all
streaked plants are unstable. This
seems to be due to the following: a
streaked plant is actually a series of
sectorial chimeras, all of which are
unstable in the apex of the meristem.
There is not much the seller or the
plant itself can do to control this.
One year you have steaks, the next year
you may not.
When a purchase is made for a streaked plant, I hope this is
already understood by the purchaser. There must be great
owning/growing streaked plants because thousands of people are
such streaky plants and paying relatively higher prices.
From what I can
tell, however, sooner or later they either revert or stablize
other than what they were when juvenile. So to me,
the statement "gotten
nothing but junk" is a bit strong. Better might
be, "quickly reverted" or
"quickly stabilized to one of the parent
Now about your non-streaked Foxy Doxy. Have you tried Ed
recommendation of cutting this plant up to see if you can recover
any of the
streaking? It's an intriguing technique to isolate a gene
pool that might
remove the dominant, stabilized genes out of the gene
pool. Another thing
that can force streaking is to place the plant in a
This will either force some juxtapositioning (through
a phenomena that I
believe still remains largely undescribed in the
literature--perhaps it has
something to do with an increase in the occurrance
of promoter enzymes that
lead to tRNA or mRNA transcription errors
(mutations) but I've a long way to
go prior to having any real
understanding. Would like more info on this if
anyone has such and is
willing to share) in the gene pool and promote new
streaking, or spawn a new
sport, or simply kill the plant if you let it get
too hot. Either
way, you might enjoy the result more than you are enjoying
your Foxy Doxy
Gold plant that has now become "junk". Just a thought that
to greater satisfaction.
RE:> the term "Hostalady"-- I believe it is
only an eBay handle. People
call me "The Hostaman" all of the
time. I don't think they mean any harm by
it, and since I hang around
them (Hosta) so much, I have become aware that
many people see me as "A"
Hostaman. I don't know who THE Hostaman is.
Certainly, Pauline Banyai
is a pillar in the Hosta world yet I don't know
that this other person means
any disrespect by choosing that handle. It's
just a handle that no one
else had already taken when that person signed up
with eBay. You have to have
a handle in order to buy or sell and apparently
this one was not taken.
Had "Hostaman" been available when I signed up, I
would have GLADLY claimed
it as my handle. I'm sure someone would have felt
Unfortunately, someone beat me to the punch. I view this choice
handle as a marketing ploy, designed to attract attention.
it is working...
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