- Subject: Re: Sport
- From: Bill Nash <email@example.com>
- Date: Tue, 04 Jun 2002 16:39:31 -0400
At 03:11 PM 06/04/2002, John Gall wrote to the Sport
What is meant by the term
"sport"? I am new to hostas and I keep running
across the word.
Thank you in advance for an answer.
Johnny: The easy way to handle, understanding the words SPORT verses
MUTATION, is to consider them to mean the same thing.
Let us assume, just for debate alone here: that you are growing JUNE
HOSTA, and you happen to see one leaf has gone all green, instead of
showing off the yellow/white centered leaf variegation? Beneath
that leaf stem (behind it) is a bud. It's located just above the
rhizome, which will grow into an eye and then, a plant will emerge in one
of the next growth cycles. This eye-plant is almost 100 percent
guaranteed to be all green, by all of it's leaves, since it was a leaf
sport (reverting back to it's all green original form?).
Now, I'm going to take this a step further: June-hosta
was found in a TC lab in England; originating from HALCYON-hosta setup
propagation. I will bet my money, that our hypothetical green sport
of June, can be labeled justly as H. Halcyon and sold as such?
This same kind of logic/rationale, I would venture to say: also applies
to GREAT EXPECTATIONS-hosta; and it's parent it sported/mutated from (H.
sieboldiana 'Elegans') and can be sold as same?
To prove my contentions above, I am growing many
seedlings from the green sports/mutations of those plants mentioned
above, along with the originals of Halcyon and Elegans, for comparative
NOW JOHN?..I am not a scientist, this is just from my own practical
experience and logic that I write. I am sending this email into
other groups -- their comments welcome?
Bill Nash Guelph Ontario Canada (just a very loose cannon
<PR dept> for James Hawes whom started the Sport Committee).
BTW...the only formal Scientific training I've had with gardening, was
letting those farm-hand females MUD-WRESTLE ME RIGHT INTO THE GROUND?
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