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Re: Breeder Hostas

><< Why is H. Dorothy Benedict considered to be so good?  >>
>Good question. The thought was that it was highly improbable to get a
>variegated seedling from the seeds of H. sieboldiana 'Aureomarginata'(==, in
>this case, 'Frances Williams').
>Herb Benedict got one. ITS seeds have produced some real beauties, which are
>stable; DB is not stable. I have a friend who has used DB seedlings in her
>hybridizing programs--some great ones have been produced. (These are not on
>the market. ) 
>My suggestion: Get a DB seedling and go from there. I once had DB but it
>"reverted" to 'Nifty Fifty' which is a very nice variegated.
>Clyde Crockett z5 
>N.B. The seeds of DB and DB seedlings are slow to germinate.

To go a little further on Clydes thoughts on DB and one of the main reasons
it was so desirable, was its ability to produce seedlings that were 95%

Happy Gardening

John Kee
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