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Re: splashed ventricosa, will it produce variegated seedlings?

  • Subject: Re: splashed ventricosa, will it produce variegated seedlings?
  • From: "W. George Schmid" <hostahill@Bellsouth.net>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2004 11:06:35 -0400

Hi Bill, Ray,
I have experimented for years to get variegated seedlings from streaked
versions including 'Gosan Line Up'. Nada! I knew better to begin with, but I
was hoping for Lady Luck as you call it. HV is apomictic and tetraploid
(that has been scientifically established) so can and most of the time (?)
will develop seeds without being fertilized. See my book. HV pollen is very
fertile and can be used very successfully. No one has tested the variegated
forms of HV for apomixis but one can assume that they are. Since the
variegation is a chimera and maternally inherited and HV being an apomict, I
doubt we will ever see variegated seedlings, but it may show up on rare
occasions. Then, it is Lady Luck. Nothing in nature is absolute, except
death perhaps. George
W. George Schmid
Hosta Hill - Tucker Georgia USA
Zone 7a - 1188 feet AMSL
84-12'-30" West_33-51' North
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill Nash" <raffi@sympatico.ca>
To: <hosta-open@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, September 13, 2004 8:45 AM
Subject: Re: splashed ventricosa, will it produce variegated seedlings?

> Hi Ray -- Back in 1997, it was?.. I recall, that the late Jim Hawes, had a
> striated-leaf ventricosa hosta.  He even gave me a division from it and
> seeds to try.  At the time he was calling this hosta ENCORE, but at the
> Convention in Ann Arbour, year later, every delegate received a free hosta
> called "Encore" (different plant, different source).
> Anyway, I did not get a single multicolored leaf-kid from my seedling
> (nor did Jim Hawes).  The plant division Jim gave me, reverted back to an
> all green specimen in the next growing cycle; and this also manifested,
> the plant Mr. Hawes had in his garden.  I've also had this same identical
> occurance happen with H. Kinba, which has me thinking; that  perhaps --
> best move one should make -- is to do leaf-bud division immediately, as
> as a leaf-variance in type is seen in a hosta?
> Just a couple of thoughts, Ray, and I hope this helps.  Who knows *Lady
> Luck* may smile upon you, and perhaps, you may see streaked kids
> It's the seed sowing which will tell the final tale, and well worth the
> effort, for knowing for sure.. I guess?  :>)
> <SUBNOTE> VENTRICOSA, it is written (The Genus Hosta - GIBOSHI ZOKU,
> sourcebook?):  produces identical clones of itself from seeds, therefore
> hybrids are not possible; due to it's vegetative method of seed production
> (APOMIXIC nature?).  Also, it's a true tetraploid (120n chromosomes?) on
> three leaf level layers?  I don't know if these assessments are true or
> false, but this leads me into thinking, that you may not see any
> seedlings, or even this streaky plant, unless you have the
> done immediately? *Good Luck*
> I AM: HOSTA'ly yours,
> B>))
> raffi@sympatico.ca (Bill Nash\Canada)
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <RBRSSR@aol.com>
> To: <PHOENIX_HOSTA_ROBIN@HOME.EASE.LSOFT.COM>; <hosta-open@hort.net>
> Sent: Sunday, September 12, 2004 10:37 PM
> Subject: splashed ventricosa, will it produce variegated seedlings?
> > I have a ventricosa plant (about 3 years old), one of the divisions has
> > leaves. Of those 6 leaves, 3 have one white streak each. There is no
> variegation
> > on the scapes or pods, they look just like the other scapes and pods on
> the
> > plant. If I grow this seed, what are the chances of getting some
> variegated
> > (splashed) seedlings?
> >
> > Ray Rodgers, Bartonville, IL, Zone 5
> >
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