Pick a streaker for me!

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Postby eastwood2007 » Jul 24, 2007 10:38 am

Wow, that's a pretty one, Denise. Do you know if it is fertile? :roll:
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Postby dmi188 » Jul 24, 2007 10:56 am

Yes, it is fertile. Wish the leaves were a little thicker, tho.
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Postby VThosta/daylilylover » Jul 24, 2007 3:25 pm

I think one of the more beautiful streakers I've seen is on Foxfire's website. They have one called Bamm Bamm. It seems expensive (but maybe that's what they all cost). Does anyone grow that one? I'm not thinking of getting it, I'd just be interested to know if it's as nice as it seems to be on their site.
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Postby barbara » Jul 24, 2007 7:55 pm

re: Foxfire BamBam, mine has stabilized to a center variegated, but I like it so far, but maybe thats because I collect those Lachmann's....so whatever it is/looks/does, is o.k. I guess.
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Postby MrHeinz77 » Jul 24, 2007 8:43 pm

My vote goes for Blue Lightning. I also like William Lachman, Galaxy, and Outrageous. We will see how Fickle Blue Jeans and Rosedale Misty Magic are.
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Postby largosmom » Jul 24, 2007 9:15 pm

I just got Bamm Bamm this year. It's looking nice. I fell in love with Delta Pride at Jody's garden this year. Hubba hubba!

I also just added Pathfinder, which also has little speckles in the light colored variegation.

Anyone know if Delta Pride is available someplace?

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Postby jerry_br » Jul 25, 2007 8:41 am

Is Foxfire Bamm Bamm really a streaker? The only picture I have seen of it make it look as if it was already settled to a center varigated plant.

Can someone post a picture of theirs that is showing the streaking?

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Postby Homer_Zn5 » Jul 25, 2007 9:09 am

I vote for Ice Age Trail as well . . . but then again, I love big sieboldiana types. 7th heaven is a really nice streaker as well . . . with fragrant flowers (if I'm remembering correctly . . . still hasn't flowered this year). Galaxy and Dorset Clown would round off my top choices.
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Postby Chris_W » Jul 25, 2007 9:20 am

Hi Bengal,

As you can see, everyone refers to these as whether or not they set seed, since streakers are primarily desirable as breeding plants. That doesn't mean that we don't grow them for their looks, too, but they can be very unstable and will often settle out to an edge or middle variegated pattern unless the really streaky eyes are kept separate from any stabilizing eyes.

Personally I don't grow too many streaked plants because I am not actively hybridizing, although I sure am thinking about it a lot, planning out what I might start mixing together one day.

The bigger problem with streaked plants is that even with the named ones the streaking varies greatly from plant to plant. That means you really have to shop them in person or see a picture of the actual plant before you decide to buy.
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Postby bengal » Jul 25, 2007 9:32 am

Interesting points you make, Chris. I have to confess, I'm kind of relieved about 'em. Streakers may not be for me, at least not for a while -- not until I've beefed up my small collection with many (many, many) more hostas. And that's good because everyone's suggestions sounded -- and looked -- fantastic! My list was so long it looked like it was about to explode all over my computer's innards. :lol:
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Postby thy » Jul 25, 2007 5:02 pm

I got Cristmas Tree Gala this summer and love it... it is blue :lol:

but, what about getting some seeds from streaded mums in the winther... out of one 20 seed bag you can get either one or 7 streakers... and after some years you may have one beautiful one... :lol:

All streakers are very unstable and it can be hard to accept the $50 or more you gave show up to be an all green or center varigated hosta next year

But i love my streakers and accept the risk :lol:

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Postby toymr2mk2 » Jul 25, 2007 7:28 pm

This is one of my favorites...Galaxy. Fertile as well as a beauty. Thumbs are clickable.

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Postby eastwood2007 » Jul 25, 2007 10:59 pm

Ohhhhhh! That Galaxy is beautiful! It is at the top of my list! Can't wait! Ohhhhhh!
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Postby hostalady » Jul 26, 2007 11:00 am

This year I have added several streakers to my collection. I wish I could get DH to figure out how to post pics......but.

Anyway, I have Ice Age Trail, Galaxy, Stargate and Regal Provedence. And I love 'em. Even if they never set seed, I really love the way they look.
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