Hostarella! Who's with me!

nutmeg4061(5b)April 29, 2012

After heavily surfing the net for hostas and heucheras (again), I had a brainstorm!

Has crossing hostas and heuchs ever been attempted??

Because in my mind's eye I'm now seeing...

A plant with the color and substance of Heucherella Brass Lanterns, with the form and shape of Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

A plant with the color and substance of Heuchera Crimson Curls with the form and SIZE of S&S.

A plant with the color of Great Expectations...with the curliness of Heuchera Lime Rickey.

A plant with the color of Heuchera Tiramisu, with the vase shaped form of Krossa Regal.

Can you even imagine?

Would this even be possible?

Somebody stop me! I want them all! lol

Michelle (daydreamer extraordinaire)

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caliloo(z6/7)

Um... maybe I am not remembering my high school genetics course well.... but I don't think you can cross a crocodile and a cat and get anything viable.

Alexa

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 5:11PM
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Johnsp(6b)

No this would not be possible as they have no genetic commonality. Would be like trying to cross a fish with a bird. Nice thought though.

Scott

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 5:48PM
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Babka NorCal 9b

Well, haven't you ever heard of a Flying Fish?

-Babka

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 7:27PM
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Johnsp(6b)

Lol well yes actually I have. Give that kind of cross a try and lets see what you get. Guaranteed if it could work you'll never need to earn a dollar again...:)

Scott

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 7:38PM
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thisismelissa(z4a-S Twin Cities MN)

Yeah, those flying fish are killing our waterways!
Asian Carp are the menaces of the local rivers and lakes!

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 9:07PM
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tepelus z6a SW MI

Can I have what you're having? lmao!

Karen

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 9:10PM
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frostynyc(7)

It is in fact possible. I read an article in Wired this month about how genes derived from blue pansies were engineered into rose DNA to create a blue rose. They spent years trying to use petunia genes unsuccessfully before they switched to using genes from a different blue flower. Using recombinant DNA technology, you can create virtually anything, given enough time, money, and luck. I spent an afternoon in a lab in a bio class, inserting jellyfish genes into viruses to get the viruses to glow fluorescent green via their new genetic sequences. Kind of neat.

So yes, it's possible to cross hostas and heuchera... but not by any kind of typical means like cross-pollinating.

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/09/blue-roses-for-sale/

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 11:35PM
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buckeye15(No OH)

So if jellyfish genes could be spliced into Hosta Virus X, then infected hostas would glow???

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 6:47AM
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tepelus z6a SW MI

Then that would make them desirable, because who wouldn't want a glowing hosta, even if it is diseased? lol

Karen

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 6:56AM
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squirejohn zone4 VT

Hostajell could take the place of solar walkway lights.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 7:20AM
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hostaLes(5)

WOW - You guys and gals are stretching MY creative genetics way beyond their natural limits. And I just finished reciting a condensed version of The Jabberwocky to my adult daughter whe never heard of it B4.

I am uncharacteristically speechless. (but that's OK-if you use such incredibly long words like "uncharacteristically"not much else CAN be said!)

Les

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 8:37AM
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nutmeg4061(5b)

FrostyNYC, great info! I love technology!
So, we can all have blue roses, pure red iris, and someday maybe...Hostarella! lol
Michelle

    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 10:24PM
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