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Re: Amime Tachi Giboshi

Jim Hawes is back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let's start raising hell and irritating people, Jim.


Jim Hawes wrote:

> Beth Arnold wrote:
> > Carol Brashear,  I was looking in the library and ran across this name and
> > that you took the picture, H. 'Amime Tachi Giboshi'.
> >
> >
> Beth, Carol and othes interested,
> I have the subject hosta in my collection and wrote the following about it
> perhaps  five years go.
> Hosta rectifolia 'Amime' (syn.Amime Tachi Giboshi) by Jim Hawes Oakland Md
> l
> Every Hosta has a story.Let me tell readers an interesting short story about a
> unique hosta that I recently acquired from a friend in Japan. It is unique not
> only because it sold at the hosta auction in Portland Oregon for 1550 dollars
> or because it has dramatic, colorful yellow veins or because it may be
> infected with virus "x", but because ( in spite of the third "because") a host
> of hosta collectors want it anyway. There is a rumor that it may be placed in
> tissue culture soon. Could it be that certain hosta promoters also believe it
> to be unique and desireable in spite of its shortcomings?
> H. 'Amime' was found at the foot of Mt. Iwaki in Aomori Prefecture in Japan
> about 14 years ago.It is known and grown by several Japanese Hosta growers. It
> sells for about 3000 yen(30 dollars). There is no knowledge  in Japan of it
> being infected with virus or of potential danger of transmission of virus to
> other hostas.
> The plant was given to me as a gift. Since receiving it I have kept this plant
> isolated in a sort of informal quarantine area to observe its growth
> characteristics.After a perod of dormancy in a cold greenhouse I broughjt it
> indoors on Christmas Day to warmth, moisture and a long photoperiod. It
> sprouted and produced three shoots. By January it was six inches tall with
> three leaves unfurling on the longest shoot. Its characteristic yellow veins
> brilliantly separate the dark green interveinal tissue on its leaves. It
> appears to be very vigorous. I see no symptoms of virus such as green-yellow
> spots, leaf dessication or yellow spotted mosaic patterns. I love the plant. I
> plan to plant it in a distant, isolated spot in my garden in the spring.,
> accompanied by several  other hostas that are inexpensive and expendable. The
> purpose is to observe H 'Amime' and its companion plants to see if any virus
> symptoms appear on the plants over a reasonable period of time. I will let you
> know how these plants fare via later comments.
> Jim Hawes
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