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RE: Question {response to Mary Chastain}

  • Subject: RE: Question {response to Mary Chastain}
  • From: "Pinterics, Michael W (MED)" <Michael.Pinterics@med.ge.com>
  • Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2001 19:49:32 -0600

From my own observations this summer heat must play
a roll in seed setting/pollinization.
We had a cool  and wet spring into summer this year 
in WI.  As Galaxy went into bloom seed setting, open
pollenization, the first 6 or 7 flowers set seed.  Then we
spiked a temp into the 90's and during that period no 
flower set seed.  Once temps cooled pods again formed.
The scape became a histoirical record of the summer
temps.  It had definately caught my eye and helped me 
resonisder some of my breeder stock locations for 
future planting.

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Nash [mailto:raffi@sympatico.ca]
Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2001 9:41 PM
To: hosta-open@mallorn.com
Subject: Re: Question {response to Mary Chastain}

Proud Mary'darlin, 
                           IMHO <in my honest opinion> I personally do
believe: that cooler temperatures in zone 7 through 8 climates: will
provide for better hosta pollination.  I am in zone 4 Canada, so it is
like cool most of the time here? ;)
       On another topic, I'm also of the opinion, that those late
flowering hostas; such as longipes species types, coming into bloom in
say late August & mid-September: would pollinate well outdoors in your
climate; and might provide for, outdoor collection of seeds in your
climate also?  Up here, I have to pot-up these late flowering types; and
bring them indoors to ripen their seeds, since we usually have quite
frosty-nights arriving as early as mid-September, with ground-frost
coming usually by late-October, so the seed-pods of September blooming
hostas, don't have a chance to ripen seeds outdoors in my climate.  I'm
seriously wondering, if bees are even flying when temperatures are over
100* F?

Do you think, my thinking: that the late flowering hosta type's
seed-collection might be done outdoors; in a semi-tropical climate of
say Zone 7b which you have <=> does this make any sense at all? ((: 
      Some persons in Oklahoma; are testing & have tested my
rationalization on this ie.. towards the feasibility of late blooming
hosta seed-harvest in their climate (and done outdoors?) but as yet, we
have no conclusive/positive proof results?
      I can say however, that one woman, whom I corresponded with
several years ago, living in a Zone 7b climate; and whom, was quite good
at hand-pollination, did not have much luck at all with her
July-hand-pollination, when temperatures were running in the high 90's
Fahrenheit and/or even over 100*F.  I asked this kind lady, to try doing
this in the middle of the night, when it is cool; and with perhaps, a
miner's light on her forehead for seeing what she was doing, but since,
this was just her-hobby; and what with, my being the joker I am
therefore, I regret to say: she did not take me serious at all? LOL!

Mary- love t'U & your loved one's at this festive time of year; and all
the best in upcoming seasons too (Also to y'all, who be reading this?)

Merry X'(-=>O<=-)X'mas (a time of our shortest day in the year, wherein
day-lengths, will be getting progressively longer now...)

and to fellow Christians ..."have'yourself a merry'little-CHRISTMAS" <a

B>)) [bill nash zone 4 canada]
====== regarding =======       
At 06:48 PM 12/18/2001, Mary Chastain wrote:

This is for those that are hybridizing. Has anyone set seed on Iron Gate
Supreme? For the first time in over ten years of trying, I had pods this
year but no seed. This was our coolest summer this year that I can
so I wondered if the cooler temperature accounted for pods for the first

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