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bill zumbar presentation

  • Subject: bill zumbar presentation
  • From: Doug Beilstein <bpatch@richnet.net>
  • Date: Wed, 07 Nov 2001 20:18:21 -0500

Dear group     last sunday in Ann Arbor at the fall meeting of the
hybridizers group we had as our guest speaker  Bill Zumbar  very
entertaining and most informative.  The following   are some   tidbits
hope you enjoy them

There are about  5 lines to go down for  mini plants
venusta    but about the F3 level    you start to get bad things ?
shinning tot   F1 then back cross   you will get real small but a lot
less seed
dwarf grex lines
      venusta hybrids
      bitsy green
      kifufurin forms (about 8) hard to set seed
      saisho yamato siyu
      catseye   ? fertility
little Jim
kii himi (korean hosta) collected by Yinger   Zumbar has 14 seedlings


To see if you have a true venusta the scape has a ridge at the base of
it that you can feel with your finger otherwise you have a hybrid

some people are thinking uzo-no-mai (sp) is a longissima hybrid    but
its flower doesn't fit

white centered plants selfed will give you lethals  but also streaked
plants

bill Zumbar    dwarfing is a pod parent dominant   size and presence

bill Zumbar has one grex of green plants whose pollen however dictate a
smaller plant (his only found exception to above)

he feels   above 75 is hazardous to hybridizing

white flower is recessive

flower size is maternal and he now has a new plant that has reduced the
flower size by 1/3   H Royal Vessel   soon to be released

selfing always reduces the plant size

there are two excellent test to see if the plant is to remain small
1   move the plant to  different locations
2   divide the plant and see if the plant  multiples   and stays the
same size

On a lighter note   he would like to see judges judge sections 7-12
first    so they are fresh and observant on new seedlings and sports.

If your group needs a speaker  bill does a very fine job slides and
handouts

finally   recently he has researched the literature and found out that
calcium   via   gypsum  or fish bones (fish meal)  is a necessary
component to the health of the  hybridizing plant both flowering and
pollen   However pH of the ground (it raises it)    must be monitored
very closely      that was about all got to run    later doug

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