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Hostas


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Donna16-Sep-08 06:05 AM EST 5b   
Michelle18-Sep-08 08:29 PM EST 5a   
Donna20-Sep-08 07:20 AM EST   
Linda24-Sep-08 07:56 PM EST 5b   
Michelle25-Sep-08 10:07 PM EST 5a   
Donna27-Sep-08 03:46 PM EST 5b   
Shawn28-Sep-08 08:48 PM EST   
Donna30-Sep-08 02:26 PM EST 5b   
Michelle02-Oct-08 06:19 AM EST 5a   
Shawn02-Oct-08 09:45 PM EST   


Subject: Hostas
From: Donna
Zone: 5b
Date: 16-Sep-08 06:05 AM EST

Has anyone grown hostas in full sun and if so what kind were they and did they stay looking healthy through the summer.Thanks


Subject: RE: Hostas
From: Michelle
Zone: 5a
Date: 18-Sep-08 08:29 PM EST

Hi Donna, I have a few growing in full sun.. sorry cant remember the names of all of them, but one is called Sun Power... very nice hosta.. golden almost in color and twisted foliage.. fast grower but does not get too huge.. the other i cant remember either but a variegated hosta but the kicker is it has red stems that grow to show off the flowers!! seems to be slow to get established but once going is a real beauty!!!Will try to get back to you with the name..they did look healthy all summer and still do, and i was not so good at the keeping up of watering them this year either and we live in the Okanogan.. hot and dry!! Having said that.. hostas do require the water though.. also i have read before that the hostas that can take more sun are the ones that are lighter in color. Hope this helps you.


Subject: RE: Hostas
From: Donna
Zone:
Date: 20-Sep-08 07:20 AM EST

Thanks Michelle,I would really like to know the name of the hosta with red stems.The flowerbed I,m doing now is going to have yellow,purple and red flowers.I will try sun power.Donna


Subject: RE: Hostas
From: Linda
Zone: 5b
Date: 24-Sep-08 07:56 PM EST

I have never heard of such a hosta. I am so excitted to learn the name of this beauty! Linda


Subject: RE: Hostas
From: Michelle
Zone: 5a
Date: 25-Sep-08 10:07 PM EST

Hello again.. I remmber now.. the hosta with the red stems I have is called "Cherry Berry"..would go very nice in your yellow, purple and red flower bed having both, the red stems and purple flowers. I had got that one a few years ago, after ordering it from the Dominion Seed House catalogue but have seen it in the nurseries in the area here since, although not too common, seem to remember too that in the catalogue in the description it mentioned that it prefers to be planted where it will recieve some sun. Good Luck!!


Subject: RE: Hostas
From: Donna
Zone: 5b
Date: 27-Sep-08 03:46 PM EST

Thanks Michelle,I will look for that one.I just bought Red October.It has red stems but I don,t think I will put it in the sun.Thanks again Donna


Subject: RE: Hostas
From: Shawn
Zone:
Date: 28-Sep-08 08:48 PM EST

I have found that both the "Cherry Berry" and "Red October" has a tendency for their stems to fade in bright sunshine. They are both slow growers, but in a few years they will shine in the shade.


Subject: RE: Hostas
From: Donna
Zone: 5b
Date: 30-Sep-08 02:26 PM EST

Thanks Shawn,Do you have any hostas in full sun?Donna


Subject: RE: Hostas
From: Michelle
Zone: 5a
Date: 02-Oct-08 06:19 AM EST

Hmmm.. I like my Cherry Berry hosta so much I will have to try to find the Red October one!! Shawn is right.. mine was slow to establish as I said before but it has not been my experience anyway with the fading of stems..I have 2 of this hosta and the one in the sun actually does better.. for me anyways.. Time to put the garden to bed for the year anyhow...


Subject: RE: Hostas
From: Shawn
Zone:
Date: 02-Oct-08 09:45 PM EST

Hiya Donna, I do grow some varieties in the sun, as long as they have a water retentive soil. Other than the Chinese and Japanese species hosta(H. nigrescens, H. capitata, H. rohdeifolia, H.hypoleuca, H clausia, H. gracillina...) which need full sun to bloom, most hostas do best with an eastern exposure. The morning light is the least harsh and wont damage some delicate leaves. They do of course grow in full sun, but they seem to peter out before the end of summer. The blue leaved varieties will lose some of their blueness hue if in the sun too long. Hope this helps Donna


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