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Re: Tell-Tale TC

Gerry O'Neill wrote:
> 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

 Dearest Gerry,
  I'm more than just taxonomically confused. hahahaha. 

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