hosta selection for production and *Sales*
Dear Barbara, et al
The original message from Clyde said: "People who visit my garden and who
are not familiar with hostas always like these: ... I find they are NOT
taken by most of the golds and yellows and chartreuses---they think they
To me the most important part of this message was "who are not familiar
This will most likely be the type of person that I will be selling to, not
to hostaphiles who enjoy and love all the wonderful variations that hostas
have including those "sickly" looking yellow leaves.
I confess to starting out in horticulture with the idea that any plant that
had yellow leaves must need a shot of iron or nitrogen. This attitude was
reinforced by growing thousand of Rhododendrons. Yellow leaves in Rhodies
are a bad sigh as wee all know.
Once I learned appreciate the beauty of yellows and golds in conifers and
other plant it was an easy jump to appreciating these colors in hosta.
Now, to my point. I suspect that MOST people who are neophyte plant
collectors have the attitude that yellow leaves equals a sickly plant as
Clyde originally stated. What I *don't" want to do is raise a bunch of
yellows and golds and then be in the situation where I cant sell them, or
indeed with some people, even give them away.
As Jose points out, there are a lot of people out there that don't know a
Hem from a Hosta. But part of the fun of being a plant nut is sharing all
this love, enthusiasm and knowledge of plants with the kind of people we
*all* once were - neophytes.
Thanks to everyone for their comments and advise. Keep 'em coming!
At 04:48 PM 6/6/98 -0400, Barbara & Morris wrote:
>One of my first "different hostas" yrs. ago was this poor sickly looking
>yellow hosta at 50% off. <SNIP>
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