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Re: TC and OS question for Hawes


Kaye,
I am sure Jim will cover this is his upcoming article. I have wanted to get
my 2 cents in on this subject. In no way is this to be taken as me speaking
for Jim Hawes. Jim speaks for himself.

My understanding is that  the odds of sporting in TC and in field divisions
are the same. It is a numbers game.

If you take an "OS" plant and divide it into 50,000 single divisions you
will find sports. The only problem is how long its going to take you to get
your 50,000 divisions. Not in our lifetimes for most hostas.

I have a catalog from Shady Oaks that list the number of liners available
for retail. They have way over 50,000 in stock of many cultivars and at
least a hundred different cultivars. Now that's looking at some hostas. If
you look at that many hostas everyday, year around you are bound to find
something interesting. Of course it doesn't hurt to have the keen eyes of
Hans Hansen either.

Dan Nelson
Bridgeville DE
zone 7
-----Original Message-----
From: Kdye1@aol.com
To: hosta-open@mallorn.com
Subject: Re: TC and OS question for Hawes

Kaye Dye wrote-----
Dear Jim,
On the discussion of tc v. os I have a question to toss in.  How can anyone
be
100% certain that in tissue culture a sport will be obvious?

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