Sports Fishing

Sports Fishing

Rather more than most other perennials, hostas tend to be very unstable (like their owners ?).
They often produce shoots with a completely different look..

Imagine a green hosta with one shoot that has a white center: that's a sport.

Some hosta people have made this a hobby within the hobby, sports fishing.  They try to find shoots with a different look and grow them into new plants. 

It's possible you'll find a sport on a hosta you grow in your garden, but the odds are much better if you can go through a large batch of tissue cultured plants.  Since the introduction of tissue culture, the number of cultivars that came from sporting has risen enormously.

Unfortunately a lot sports are released on the market without examining if they're  any good as a garden plant.