Hostas forum: Sport or not

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Jul 23, 2016 9:10 PM CST
I believe this is Francee. Notice the leaves in the center of the plant with a much larger white margin? They are all coming out of the same eye should I split it out or just leave it?
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OH (Zone 5a)
Jul 23, 2016 9:30 PM CST
I usually dig sports out and discard, so the hosta does not revert to something else. In this case I might dig that eye out, pot it up, and maybe later plant it as a NOID. Watch it for a couple years and see if it is stable.

Patriot was a sport of Francee. Maybe this one's margin will get as wide as Patriot.

Utah (Zone 7a)
Jul 24, 2016 11:12 AM CST
What is a sport?
Name: Gerry Donahue
Pleasant Lake, IN (Zone 5b)
Hostas Garden Ideas: Master Level
Jul 24, 2016 11:48 AM CST
A sport is division of a plant that is a mutation, genetically different from the original. Over 90% of variegated hostas are mutations, not seedlings nor species.
[Last edited by profesora - Jul 27, 2016 6:19 AM (+)]
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