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Re: Look-a-like hostas

To answer your question, I think we have to ask another.  Are we talking about
theory or reality?  In theory, your point is valid.  But in my experience, when
you find your sport of Piedmont Gold, in 99.9% of the cases it is going to be
Satisfaction.  If what you postulate actually comes to pass, by all means
introduce your plant.  But in most cases, I think these "improvements" are more
likely the result of someone looking for a reason to put a plant on the market,
and we usually find that the non-burning forms of Frances Williams, and the
faster growing forms of Frances Williams, and all the other type of improved
Frances Williams types were just Frances Williams.


Gerry/Bob O'Neill wrote:

> This is a really good discussion, guys. Thanks!
> But it seems like we are focusing almost entirely on the *looks* of the
> plant in deciding whether plants are the same and therefore not eligible
> for registration under a new name.
> Suppose I have a Piedmont Gold that throws a sport that looks exactly like
> Satisfaction. I separate it and grow it on for a while next to a plant of
> Satisfaction that I bought from Chick. After several years, it looks still
> looks exactly like Satisfaction, but has incredible slug resistance that
> Satisfaction lacks. (This is an example; I am not accusing Satisfaction of
> being slug candy...but suppose it was?)
> If I register this sport under the name of Gerry's Salvation, am I going to
> be accused forever of registering the same plant under a different name?
> Is there any consideration of noteworthy hosta traits other than looks?
> Or, suppose Mary comes up with a sport of Cherry Berry that is a Marachino
> Cherry look-a-like, but thrives in our hot, humid Southern climate. If she
> chooses to register it as Lakeside Cherry Volunteer (inside joke) is she to
> be condemned for introducing Maraschino Cherry to the trade under a new name?
> Is there a place on the registration form where characteristics like slug
> resistance, heat tolerance, other non-visual traits, to be listed?
> And to get really picky, if a sport is by definition a somatic mutation,
> how can anyone say that sports from two different plants of August Moon are
> the same, especially if those August Moons were propagated by division
> rather than tc??
> Gerry
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