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Re: Message from Andrew to Andrea

I have never seen a well streaked plant immediately loose all of its streaking.  I assume that it is theoretically possible, but if you sell streaked plants, you should make sure that the plant you ship is heavily streaked before you ship it.  If the plant you receive has plenty of streaking, it should not go stable immediately because the dormant buds under heavily streaked leaves should produce streaked divisions the next year.  Obviously, people who grow streaked plants will get divisions that are stabilizing and have little or no streaking left in the foliage. Those divisions develop from buds under leaves that are not streaked and should be removed and discarded.  Unfortunately, some people can't bear to throw them away and ship them even though they know better.


Dan Nelson wrote:

This message from Andrew bounced at Hosta-Open. This happens every now and then for reasons unkown to me. Dan============= Andrea,
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.

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