Hosta s. Elegans seedlings end May 2003
Seedlings of H.s."Elegans" in pots , end winter 2003
Seed was taken from a labeled plant ( Origin Jo Bogaerts Kampenhout Belgium known for his Hosta) .
As there was no other Hosta near by , the plant was selfed without discussion .
In 1999 I did a first test , but as I brought the seedlings in the cold greenhouse
in winter , I had a big loss probably because of heart- or root rot ( fungus) ,
as I could read in the book of Diana Grenfell .
With this information I could do better and perhaps have an answer to my question :
Is my Elegans a cross or is it true breeding or what else ?
Some results from the year 2000 test
In general the seedlings resemble the motherplant and there is a good match with the
general description of H. s. Elegans .
The best is to have a look at the pictures .
A very small number of very specials can be seen on the Hosta Sporting Pic's on this web-site .
Here I want to report on a small number of seedlings ( almost 10%) that I call
" floched " ,
Especially the flower stem is longer with bigger leaves on it than normal ,
The flowers start opening on top and give a spherical impression when starting,
most important they are mostly pure white with sometimes a green tip on the petals.
The leaves are slightly more rough and support less the sun .