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Re: Breeder Hostas

Bob Axmear wrote:
> Hello everyone
>         I was looking in the Hosta Finder for Beatrice and noticed there is
> Beatrice and Beatrice Breeder. Would someone explain the difference
> please? Also aren't hostas such as Christmas Tree Gala, Breeder's
> Choice, Pin Stripe Sister, Galaxy, etc. good to use or just not as good
> as Beatrice.
> Thanks
> Bob
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I will try to give a simple answer to a complicated question.  Beatrice, 
like most Streaked Hostas, will often "go to a non streaked but 
variegated form".  Only the streaked form is likely to produce variegated 
"offspring".  This is also true of most "Breeders".  In the long run 
though, most hybridizers, devlope their own "Breeders", which embody the 
genitic traits, that individual is striving for in his "program".  The 
"best Breeders" an individual has , are seldom "shared" widly, until a 
lot of "offspring have been grown and tested. I doubt , by the way, that 
you will fimd many today who are seriously using Beatrice, as a mainstay 
in their hybridizing program.

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