(4-11-19) Belgium’s Louis Vissers has a goal that he is getting very close to reaching-
my breeding plan is a white (ghost) plant with red stems and hopefully further in the leaf
One of those seedlings (see above picture) Vissers has in his program is a Spring Ghost X (Maya Kingsnake X OP) seedling from a few years ago that is ‘very‘ white.
But the key could be his seedling (above) by Spring Ghost X Mr. Jack. This seedling has red petioles and some of that extends into the leaf, thanks to Arthur Wrede’s Mr. Jack.
According to Vissers –
hopefully it will be fertile and my mother plant for the next generation with better red petioles. But its a start.
Danny Van Eechaute’s Spring Ghost (sport of ‘Blueberry Muffin’) is the key part of Vissers long-range plan and it is easy to see why it is working. It emerges creamy-white with occasional splashes of blue-green on some leaves with pink petioles. Gradually, more blue-green streaks and splashes develop, until it turns completely blue like its parent, Blueberry Muffin.
Raising white hostas is especially a tough challenge for any breeder, but Vissers path seems to be heading in the right direction during these early stages.