It's not that I disagree with the premise, but people are only doing exactly
what the AHS has asked them to do. I can't agree that you have to
wait years and years before letting a plant out of your garden or nursery,
whether to sell it, test it, or simply give it away. And the AHS
says that if it gets out of you garden or nursery, it should be registered.
There is a certain logic to that, as it theoretically brings some order
to the process. Unfortunately, hostas sport so easily and are being
hybridized so extensively, there is a question as to whether it's practical.
Unfortunately, I don't know how we can have criteria for registration that
can solve the problem, since I for one am not in favor of anyone else deciding
which of my plants is suitable for registration or introduction.
I'm not necessarily in favor of registering everything, but I can give
an expample of the problem I think the AHS is trying to avoid. I
name my hostas after rock and roll songs. I'm sorry, I just can't
help myself. I have a fairly interesting yellow hosta that I've been
growing for many years and have given to a couple of friends to see how
it does and whether they think it's worth introducing. It's fairly
large and low growing so I initially named it Yellow Submarine. Unfortunately,
I later found out that Russ O'Hara had an unregistered plant with that
name that was already out. So I called the people who had it and
told them to change the name to Mellow Yellow. Well, Herb Benedict
has a plant with that name, so I called them again and told them to call
it Afternoon Delight. Guess what. I'm still looking for a name that
hasn't been used. Well, if I hadn't kept track of who had the plant, and
if I hadn't told them not to give it to anyone else, it would be out there
with three different names, all shared by another plant. If I had
registered the darn thing in the first place, I wouldn't still be looking
for a name.
I'm as guilty as anyone, I have a slew of seedlings here that I have
named and not registered. The names are mostly for my use, I'd rather
call my newest favorite Mustang Sally than 98401-226, but people see them
here, and I may pass a few around, so if I put a name on one, I probably
should register it. I just never get around to it. Maybe If
I Could Put Time in a Bottle...
By the way, if I get around to it, this year's registrations will be
Mustang Sally, Little Town Flirt, Maybelline, Jenny Jenny Jenny, Purple
Rain, Blue Suade Shoes, and probably a bunch of others I can't think of
now. Don't nobody else even think of using those names.
Dan Nelson wrote:
Mike Groothuis (bounced for some reason, Dan) I
was leafing through the "volume" of this years new registrations and was
completely disgusted. Granted there are many many plants that were
introducing and registering, I found there is an increasing number
should remain in the garden and stay away from any registration form.
"Cordate, rugose, puckered, blue green, leaf 8 by 9, (sieboldiana hybrid)
(sieboldiana hybrid). Have I seen this one before? Hmmm...I think so.
Another is a 2 year old streaked plant from weak parents. My favorite
seeing hostas registered, you read through the description only to
bottom few lines, "original seedling 1 year old growing, blah-blah-blah."
Sorry folks, but I for one, am afraid for the hosta business if this
up. How will we be able to tell plants apart if there are 57 clones
single plant? Worse yet, what if there are 57 clones of 57 other clones
resembling 57 clones of an original sport from say . . 1982? How many
can swear on your LIFE that your 'Elegans' isn't one of the other
sieboldiana clones. Are you willing to bet some money that your 'Christmas
Tree' isn't 'Grand Master'? I personally feel that some people just
see their name printed in that registration book for their 10 minutes
glory. Please understand that I am certainly not pointing my finger
particular direction. What ever happened to growing a unique hosta
or 7 years and properly EVALUATING and photographing it periodically
track it's growth? Reading through this years issue, I see it less
This isn't a race to register your plant first. Actually chances are,
there's already a better plant out there. They're just little plants
enjoy growing for the fun and beauty of it. Let's not flood the market
plants that aren't garden worthy. You can tell me, "Mike's you really
talk here. You've NEVER registered anything." Well, that's true, but
in the graphic design business I've learned one important thing. A
party on the outside looking in, occasionally can have better views
opinions than I could ever come up with on my own. That's my two cents.