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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 44

The World of Hosta Breeding

Tony Avent

pp: 466-467


Of the 1050 Hosta cultivars registered by the American Hosta Society through 1994, nearly half were hybridized by bees, yet the introducers of these cultivars dared to call themselves hybridizers. To date, there are only 12 serious hosta breeders in the U.S.A.

While controlled crosses are the norm with iris and daylilies, such is not the case with hostas—yet! Surely, with controlled breeding efforts, we could far surpass the random efforts of our winged friends.

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