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Re: Message from Andrew to Andrea

  • Subject: Re: Message from Andrew to Andrea
  • From: Andrea <maulwurf_1@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2001 19:21:45 -0700 (PDT)

Oh I don't know Andrew, a plant that reverts back very
quickly may be bad luck, but a plant some person pays
a lot of money for, because it is supposed to be
streaked, and then arrives at the puchasers all solid,
is in my opinion junk. 
Good luck with your gardens as well,
--- Dan Nelson <sussextreeinc@ce.net> wrote:
> This message from Andrew bounced at Hosta-Open. This
> happens every now and
> then for reasons unkown to me. Dan
> =============
> Andrea,
> I believe it is safe to say that all streaked plants
> are unstable.  This
> seems to be due to the following: a streaked plant
> is actually a series of
> sectorial chimeras, all of which are unstable in the
> apex of the meristem.
> There is not much the seller or the plant itself can
> do to control this.
> One year you have steaks, the next year you may not.
> When a purchase is made for a streaked plant, I hope
> this is knowledge
> already understood by the purchaser.  There must be
> great intrique in
> owning/growing streaked plants because thousands of
> people are purchasing
> such streaky plants and paying relatively higher
> prices.  From what I can
> tell, however, sooner or later they either revert or
> stablize to something
> other than what they were when juvenile.   So to me,
> the statement "gotten
> nothing but junk" is a bit strong.  Better might be,
> "quickly reverted" or
> "quickly stabilized to one of the parent plant".
> Now about your non-streaked Foxy Doxy.  Have you
> tried Ed Elslager's
> recommendation of cutting this plant up to see if
> you can recover any of the
> streaking?  It's an intriguing technique to isolate
> a gene pool that might
> remove the dominant, stabilized genes out of the
> gene pool.  Another thing
> that can force streaking is to place the plant in a
> "hothouse" environment.
> This will either force some juxtapositioning
> (through a phenomena that I
> believe still remains largely undescribed in the
> literature--perhaps it has
> something to do with an increase in the occurrance
> of promoter enzymes that
> lead to tRNA or mRNA transcription errors
> (mutations) but I've a long way to
> go prior to having any real understanding.  Would
> like more info on this if
> anyone has such and is willing to share) in the gene
> pool and promote new
> streaking, or spawn a new sport, or simply  kill the
> plant if you let it get
> too hot.  Either way, you might enjoy the result
> more than you are enjoying
> your Foxy Doxy Gold plant that has now become
> "junk".  Just a thought that
> could lead to greater satisfaction.
> RE:> the term "Hostalady"-- I believe it is only an
> eBay handle.  People
> call me "The Hostaman" all of the time.  I don't
> think they mean any harm by
> it, and since I hang around them (Hosta) so much, I
> have become aware that
> many people see me as "A" Hostaman.  I don't know
> who THE Hostaman is.
> Certainly, Pauline Banyai is a pillar in the Hosta
> world yet I don't know
> that this other person means any disrespect by
> choosing that handle.  It's
> just a handle that no one else had already taken
> when that person signed up
> with eBay. You have to have a handle in order to buy
> or sell and apparently
> this one was not taken.  Had "Hostaman" been
> available when I signed up, I
> would have GLADLY claimed it as my handle.  I'm sure
> someone would have felt
> that bold.  Unfortunately, someone beat me to the
> punch.  I view this choice
> of a handle as a marketing ploy, designed to attract
> attention.  Apparently
> it is working...
> Good luck with your Hosta garden!
> Andrew Lietzow
> #1 Plantsman at http://HostaHaven.com
> 1250 41st Street
> Des Moines, IA 50311-2516
> eBay Search: <Hosta HH>

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