Hostas forum: What crosses have you had good experience with? Start a tread, show some pics.

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Name: Diann
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Feb 2, 2010 8:24 AM CST

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Tell us about your seedlings.
Name: Molly Denza
Columbia, TN
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mollyd1953
Feb 22, 2010 6:46 AM CST
I had assorted batches of seedlings from seeds I was sent by other hybridizers. They were in my greenhouse on the lower racks close to the floor. Plants above shaded them from too much light (natural). I started them in plastic boxes that had held fresh spinach from the store.
I used Pro Mix for the medium and at first covered them a little leaving the edges open but within a short time it became apparent I didn't need to do that in the greenhouse. They grew nicely until they were about 2 months old. Then slowly they began to die off. I suspect fungus gnats which I was battling in the other plants in there (daylilies). Being little seedlings they weren't strong enough to take it.
I also had a batch of seeds I had crossed the year before. They were hybrids of an unregistered large blue and Francis Williams. Of 30 seeds in the pod 27 sprouted. Of those 27 12 grew to move outside and the next spring only 6 had made it to that point. Due to upheaval in my life I don't know how they fared after that.

MollyD
RainDog Farm,Columbia,Tn
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Name: Kit and Gary
Springville, Ia
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kitgary
Feb 23, 2010 6:28 PM CST
Some of the crosses we have had good luck with are:

Rosedale Shady Lady x Rascal

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Name: Kit and Gary
Springville, Ia
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Feb 23, 2010 6:29 PM CST
Rosedale Shady Lady x Atom Smasher

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Name: Diann
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Feb 23, 2010 6:34 PM CST

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Wow, and eventually I'll get to say "I knew them when.." Nice looking seedlings! Hurray!
Name: Kit and Gary
Springville, Ia
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kitgary
Feb 23, 2010 6:39 PM CST
Ol' Wierd Harold x just about any thing we throw at it. Ol' Wierd Harold is a seedling I received from Bob Hackbarth of The Hosta Leaf about 3 years ago. This is the first time we have used it in crosses.

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Name: Kit and Gary
Springville, Ia
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kitgary
Feb 23, 2010 6:41 PM CST
And here are some of his kids

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Name: Kit and Gary
Springville, Ia
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kitgary
Feb 23, 2010 6:42 PM CST
another

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Name: Kit and Gary
Springville, Ia
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kitgary
Feb 23, 2010 6:48 PM CST
Here's a Double D Cup seedling from last year

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Name: Kit and Gary
Springville, Ia
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kitgary
Feb 23, 2010 6:49 PM CST
And a gift from Bob Axmear last year

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Name: CJ
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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AlwaysWeeding
Feb 23, 2010 7:34 PM CST
love old harold and Bob Axmear too. Can't go wrong with anything from him.

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