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Re:Tell-Tale TC

>How does one tell whether a purchased plant is TC or grown from divisions?
>And I'm looking forward to the answers to Sheila's question about TC vs.
   The younger TCs are pretty easy to spot. There is much more fine root
mass, sometimes multiple plants which can be carefully separated without
cutting, and a clearer symmetry to second year TC plants.Divisions are
often asymmetrical for a few months. Of course there is no confusing a
division taken from a mature plant,  and you do  initially have a cut crown
or bud to indicate that it is a division. None of that on TC. A TC grown on
for 2 or 3 years becomes  impossible to identify as such, although there
are some arguments about growth rates  and the appearance of mature
leaves.With hostas which are fairly stoloniferous it might be a lot more
difficult to make a determination as to whether it is a "cutting" or TC.
The clue will almost always be the fine root mass.I would be interested to
know what professional TCers would have to say.
Glen Williams

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