Hostas forum: The future of Hostas........

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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Jul 4, 2015 8:59 PM CST
Google Casita Azul and read the article about Q&Z going out of business.......a little scary for hosta lovers Thumbs down Shrug!
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Name: Rose
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Rose1656
Jul 5, 2015 6:54 AM CST
I did read on the AHS group on Facebook that a member is learning to do tissue cultures, but who knows how long that will take to show up at the nurseries? I guess I'd better be thankful that I had the opportunity to buy several of Mark Zilis' beauties to add to my collection! He will definitely be missed in the coming years when there are no new, affordable varieties available.
Name: Gerry Donahue
Pleasant Lake, IN (Zone 5b)
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profesora
Jul 5, 2015 8:28 AM CST
I bought about 2,000 hosta liners last summer when QandZ announced that they were going out of business.

Shady Oaks also went out of business last summer. I bought many from them also.

I posted here many for sale this spring and very few members took advantage of the offerings.
Many are looking for the cheapest offerings instead of looking for quality hostas at good prices.

Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Jul 5, 2015 8:32 AM CST
I have a mature Hosta garden that is heavily planted....crowded.......no use for liners here even at cheap prices........I suspect that some who post here don't want to deal with liners........
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Name: Gerry Donahue
Pleasant Lake, IN (Zone 5b)
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profesora
Jul 5, 2015 8:55 AM CST
This is good to know.

Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Jul 5, 2015 12:20 PM CST
I bought some nice 4"pots from him that were newer varieties. I thought Shady Oaks quit selling hosta when Hansen left.

sklakin
Jul 16, 2015 2:27 PM CST
My step mother sells hostas but you must go to garden Hansen tissue cultured hers. Some are famous "Silk Road " is one others with Dr. Bennidick. My father owns Gowens Gardens , Excelsior , MN. Hanson is a friend too. Where can I get in touch with him? I took many photos of his place before he moved.
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Jul 16, 2015 5:37 PM CST
What exactly is "tissue culture?"
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Jul 16, 2015 5:48 PM CST
Its the science of taking tissue from one plant and creating thousands of clones from it. Its the reason new Hosta introductions cost 35 to 45 dollars instead of 250 to 350 dollars.
Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Jul 16, 2015 7:20 PM CST
Thank You! Thank You!

Let me understand, they create a hybrid from two plants. Then they take the offspring
and do tissue culture to create clones of the new variety for sale?
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Jul 16, 2015 8:11 PM CST
Maybe this will explain it better.
http://www.plantsgalore.com/care/hostas/Hosta-propagation-TC...
Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Jul 17, 2015 10:17 AM CST
Yes that explains it. Thank You! Thumbs up

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