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Re: sports


Ran,

We seem to be going around in a circle.  Even if the sporting rate is low,
it still can lead to a large number of off type plants.  If the sport is
propagated and not removed you could end up with thousands of the things.  I
do not think that what you are saying and what I am saying are in conflict.
I just do not believe that sporting to new types is that common.  I realize
that I am not including those plants that are no longer variegated in this
statement.  There is a variety dependent number of these anyway in all Hosta
cultured.  They are simply culled out and not sold.  Where I see a potential
problem is a totally new sport that is not apparent and therefore not
culled.

I do not want to send a message to the growers that they can rest assured
that they may only get a few off plants.  The may get all off type plants if
the lab did not control the propagation and culling process.  When I said I
saw all green Francis Williams at a trade show, the whole tray was green  --
every plant.  There were people negotiating to but the plants as well!

Jim Anderson



-----Original Message-----
From: RL <ranbl@netsync.net>
To: hosta-open@mallorn.com <hosta-open@mallorn.com>
Date: Sunday, August 15, 1999 7:57 PM
Subject: Re: sports


>Joe
>Every time I bring this up, the notion seems to start that I am finding
>fault with TC labs.  I only have problems with some labs that are no
>doubt mostly overseas, that push a lot of misnamed plants on the
>market.  My only question was the statment, that " in TC,hosta sports
>occur at about the rate of one in ten thousand."  That statment (not
>true) sends a message to the growers, that "heck why worry "  there are
>so few "off types" it dosen't matter about continuing the growing and
>culling process.
>Ran
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