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Re: Essay on Culls from Tissue Culture (Introduction)


To "hold" and "grow" is money and only a percentage of buyers are willing
to pay the price for the extra work or time (money). The younger you buy
the cheaper it is and the more chance of a difference, although I prefer
young and cheap and then hope for the next H.'June' instead of a true to
type H.'Halcyon'.

Can't you picture the shame and embarrassment of a Convention tour garden
with a H.'Love Pat' tag in front of a large cupped yellow centered "rogue"
that had been shipped as true H.'Love Pat'. Hawes would immediately name
it, Walek would turn the tag around, Pollock would write about it for the
next 6 Journals, Hansen would offer a free flat it he could put into
culture, Clyde would write endlessly about the how ugly the garden was,
Aden would sneak back later with a "true" Love Pat and swear he brought it
from Japan in the toe of his shoe, Ran would smugly say "I told you so",
Wilkens would take a picture, hosta-open could talk about it for years,
Nelson would surround it with vole traps, Summers would already have 3
sports of H.'Love Pat' named for various mongrel dogs, Butch would wear us
out about what soil practices were being used, Williams would give the
flower an honorable mention, Sandy would form a committee to find a teacher
for Hosta College on rogues.

Do you ever wonder what the Hostas are thinking when they look back at us? 

Ran writes

It is part of the growing process and the real responsibility 
of a grower , to "hold" and  grow these plants for a period of time that 
will assure all parties that the plant is "true".

Butch Ragland So. Indiana zone 5

"Conflict is as addictive as nicotine, alcohol, drugs, etc.
I'm sorry to report that cooperation is not."
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