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Re: Tell-Tale TC


At 08:21 AM 6/25/98 -0400, you wrote:
 >> 
>> All this seems to lead to unbearable confusion..What is the convention with
>> hostas regarding naming of sports? seems that only new seed grown plants
>> should be given unique names..
>> 
>> Gerry
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>Dear Gerry,
>  For hosta sports that occur naturally, they are put through the same
>registration process as any other cultivar (whether from a hybrid
>seedling, TC mutation, or natural sport).
>  Grand Tiara is a good example of a natural sport that arose from
>Golden Tiara. 
>  Most people will cut the new sport from the parent plant, and grow it
>for about 5 years, or so, to be sure of stability. Then, you go through
>the registration process with the AHS. (This is when you can pick a
>name, if you haven't already).
>  If the plant gets growth crowns that revert to the parent plant's
>form, most gardeners remove those crowns from the plant. Some hosta
>cultivars are more stable than others as far as reversion goes. But that
>doesn't mean the sported plant isn't good.
>  If, as in your example, you get a sport of Great Expectations, and
>that sport sends out a new crown that is identical to GE, then it is
>still GE and isn't re-named.
>  Am I making sense (sometimes I wonder. hehehehe). Hope I've been of
>help.
>
>Diane
 

Dearest Fred,
You have made perfect sense, thank you. It's just that I'm fairly new to
exotic hostas, and their apparent frequency of sporting is making me
taxonomically confused! Appreciate the explanation.

Gerry

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