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Re: sports


Ran and I were discussing what is being marketed, not the problems with
growing certain varieties.  Yes, H. Francis Williams is difficult, but not
impossible, to culture, but that is no excuse for selling the culls to
unsuspecting buyers.  Ran is right to worry about how pollution of the
market with bad Hosta can eventually come back and haunt us all.  Production
of bad Hosta from any lab, hurts all the labs.

Jim Anderson

-----Original Message-----
From: John Lanier <jlanier@yancey.main.nc.us>
To: hosta-open@mallorn.com <hosta-open@mallorn.com>
Date: Monday, August 16, 1999 4:51 AM
Subject: Re: sports

>James M. Anderson wrote:
>> Ran,
>> We seem to be going around in a circle.   When I said I
>> saw all green Francis Williams at a trade show, the whole tray was
reen  --
>> every plant.  There were people negotiating to but the plants as well!
>Jim, Ran et al:  This is the reason I and probably most other labs do
>not TC 'Frances Williams'. All green types are quite common, as well as
>all yellow ('Golden Sunburst'). The last time I did the plant I got very
>few typical 'Frances Williams'. This is certainly not new information to
>anybody knowledgable with this plant, and I haven't followed this
>closely enough to have a clue as to why it got mentioned here in the
>first place. In all the years I have been TC'ing plants I don't recall
>getting sports or mutations of any kind that I could recognize. Careful
>about jumping to conclusions though! The vast majority of the plants I
>have TC'd have been new hybrids sent to me by growers. I have never TC'd
>things like 'Golden Tiara' etc, a known thrower of sports. I did do
>'Spilt Milk' however, and got 99.9% all green plants. Since this isn't
>what most people would call a spectacular plant anyway and my resources
>are limited, I no longer TC the plant.
>John Lanier, Burnsville, NC
>> Jim Anderson
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