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Re: Evaluating seedlings (Was: Re: Beauty Curve in Hostas)


At 08:39 AM 7/7/99 -0400, you wrote:
 >Gerry
>A few years ago, I made a couple of mistakes in picking Hostas to
>register.  Fortunatly , I cought this before these plants were placed on
>the market.  I learned that part of the process, needs to be "trials" in
>gardens in other areas, and in differen parts of my garden.  This now
>takes me up to (in the case of Oh My Heart, and Gray Fox) as much as 12
>years.  I place prospective plants in the sun, in "slug infested" parts
>of the garden, in fairly dense shade, sometimes in relitivly dry areas. 
>I do select for color, but that is only part of the package. I am
>usually looking for seasonal longivity, good scape height and bloom
>form, beautiful leaf forms, as well as unusual plant profiles.  All this
>takes time, and I worry about all the new plants being registered and
>put on the market so fast.  
>Thanks
>Ran
 
Seems like you and the other hybridizers on the list have this evaluation
thing well in hand, Ran! And here I thought I was suggesting something
"new."  :-)

Gerry
Oak Ridge, TN Z7
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