Hostas forum: Hosta of the year 2016

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Name: Gerry Donahue
Pleasant Lake, IN (Zone 5b)
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profesora
Feb 3, 2014 8:23 PM CST
The hosta of the year 2016 is Curly Fries and I will have a few for sale this summer.
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Feb 3, 2014 8:55 PM CST
Curly Fries is a very nice Hosta.....I planted it last year. I also have some OP seedlings from it.
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Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Feb 5, 2014 6:50 AM CST
I've had this one for the last 2 years. Love it.

Anyone know what the plant is for 2015?
Ann

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Name: Gerry Donahue
Pleasant Lake, IN (Zone 5b)
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profesora
Feb 5, 2014 8:37 AM CST
It is Victory.
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Feb 5, 2014 9:57 AM CST
Victory is another wonderful Hosta. It achieved mature size in 2-3 years. I have some OP seedlings of it that are just germinating.
Victory in my garden.

Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Feb 5, 2014 5:22 PM CST
How do they know which Hosta will win in 2016?? Aren't they jumping the gun?? Confused
Susan

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Name: Gerry Donahue
Pleasant Lake, IN (Zone 5b)
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profesora
Feb 5, 2014 5:32 PM CST
No, Susan, AHS members vote two or even three years ahead to give growers plenty of time to propagate them.

I have 12 Curlley Fries that I bought last year, and I just ordered 24 for delivery late May 2014.

I get a really great deal from QandZ and I grow them at least one year before I sell them. The new arrivals will be held until 2015 or 2016.

Many times I already had plenty of the future newly-announced hosta of the year, but I might buy more just in case many want it later. I have a few beds that have only hostas of the year. Many of my customers follow suit and they always come back for the new ones.
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Name: Gerry Donahue
Pleasant Lake, IN (Zone 5b)
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profesora
Feb 5, 2014 5:35 PM CST
Susan, my hosta Owen Donahue is a better grower and better looking than Curley Fries.
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Feb 5, 2014 6:34 PM CST
I believe you!! Thumbs up
Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Feb 9, 2014 7:57 AM CST
I see 3 different spellings in this thread for 'Curly Fries'. Which one is correct?

I'll have to have a look at 'Owen Donahue' and 'Victory', neither of which is in my garden. Of course, my garden, on a regular suburban lot, already has more hostas than will easily fit. I'm at a point where I need to be chucking the ones which are duds and replacing them with better growers.
Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/Garden/Hostas/Hostas-in-my-gard...
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Feb 9, 2014 8:13 AM CST
Spelling is Curly Fries......
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Gerry Donahue
Pleasant Lake, IN (Zone 5b)
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profesora
Feb 9, 2014 8:17 AM CST
Good morning, Ann.

Curly Fries is the correct spelling. Owen Donahue is named after my only grandson and it is a mutation that took almost ten years to develop. Less than 12 growers have Owen, but he is growing in different parts of the country. Virginiarose has one and Marilyn Maryott has one in California. When I locate a picture, I will post it.

Many hosta growers with space limits are turning to the miniature or dwarf sized plants, and frequently these are grown in pots or small raised planters.
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Feb 9, 2014 8:20 AM CST
I am planting more small Hosta because of space considerations......
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Gerry Donahue
Pleasant Lake, IN (Zone 5b)
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profesora
Feb 9, 2014 3:28 PM CST
Hostas 2013, will add more 2014. There are very few that I do not sell.
Let me know what interests you.
Abba Dabba Do
Abiqua Delight
Abiqua Drinking Gourd
Abiqua Recluse
Abraham Lincoln
Allegan Fog
Allen P. McConnell
Alligator Shoes
American Halo
Ani Machi
Ann Kulpa
Aomori
Aphrodite
Appletini, adult
Appletini, youth
August Beauty
Bette Davis Eyes
Big Daddy
Blaze of Glory
Blue Angel
Blue Cadet
Blue Jay
Blue Mouse Ears
Bobbie Sue
Buckshaw Blue
Cadillac
Carolina Sunshine
Carousel
CharTruese Wiggles
Cheatin Heart
Cherry Berry
Chief Sitting Bull
Christmas Tree
Colossal
Corkscrew
Corn Belt
Corn Muffins
Cracker Crumbs
Curley Fries
Cuyahoga
Dark Star
Day's End
Designer Genes
Diamond Tiara
Diana Remembered
Dream Maker
Earth Angel
Elvis Lives
Empress Wu
Fall Dazzler
Fire and Ice
Fire Island
First Frost
Fragrant Bouquet
Frangrant Dream
Fried Bananas
Fried Green Tomatoes
Frosted Mouse Ears
Fujibotan, double flowers
Galaxy
Gay Blade
Gentle Spirit
George M Dallas
Gradnd Tiara
Graet Arrival
Graet Escape
Grand Prize
Green Mouse Ears
Green Sparkler
Guacamole
Guardian Angel
Halcyon
Hanky Panky
Happy Valley
Hideout
Hosta Name
Illicit Affair
Independence Day
Indigo
Indigo
Innisjade
Island Charm
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Ivory Coast
June
Katie Q
Komodo Dragon
Krosa Regal
Lady Isobel Barnett
laevigata
Lakeside Baby Face
Lakeside Cupid's Cup
Lakeside Cupid's Cup
Lakeside Misnight Miss
Laura and Darrell
Lemon Delight
Lemon Meringue
Lemontini
Liberty
Liberty, adult
liberty, youth
Limetini
Limey Lisa
London Fog
Mama Mia
Marilyn Monroe
Matallica Sheen
Mayan Moon
Millie's Memoirs
Minuteman
Miss Linda Smith
Mistress Mabel
Moonlight Sonata
Night Before Christmas
O'Harra
Olive Bailey Langdon
One Man's Treasure
Orange Marmalade
Oshima Silk
Oze
Paradigm
Pooh Bear
Prairie Dawn
Queen Josephine
Queen of Slip
Quilting Bee
Rainforest Sunrise
Red Neck Heaven
Red October
Regal Splendor
Reptilian
Revolution
Rocky Mountain High
Royal Mouse Ears
Sagea
Saketini
Savannah Supreme
Sea Fire
Sherborne Swallow
Shiro Kabitan
Silver Bay
Silver Mine
Silver Mist
Silver Star
Simple Division
Sitting Pretty
Skywalker
Smiling Sailor
So Sweet
Sparkle
Spilt Milk
Spinach Souffle
Spring Fling
Squash Casserole
Squash Casserole
Stained Glass
Sugar and Spice
Sum and Substance
Sum Cup-o-Joe
Sum of All
Summer Breeze
Sweet Tater Pie
T Rex
Tea and Crumpets
Teaspoon
The King
Thumbelina
Thunder Boomer
Tiny Tears
Tonoko Tachi
Torchlight
Tot Tot
Tropical Dancer
Twist of Lime
Twisted Sister
Valentine Lace
venusta
Veronica Lake
Victory
Wave Runner
Wheaton Blue
Whirlwind
Winsome
Wolverine
Woodlan Elf
Wylde Green Cream
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Feb 9, 2014 4:08 PM CST
so is this a list of hosta for sale? trade? prices?

:)
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
Hostas Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Composter Region: Canadian Clematis
Canning and food preservation Container Gardener Annuals Herbs Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
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ViolaAnn
Feb 10, 2014 8:58 PM CST
I'm in Canada and limited as to where I can purchase hostas. Have about 190 varieties in a 60' x 100' lot (plus 15-20 ' easement in depth). I have only a few which are really large. Most of them are small-medium with a lot of minis as well. Still have a lot of pots, but they have to be buried in the veggie garden for the winter if I want to be sure they'll survive.

If you follow the link below, I've tracked what I have since 2008 with annual picture updates.
Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/Garden/Hostas/Hostas-in-my-gard...
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Feb 11, 2014 6:20 AM CST
I have always loved your gardens Ann!

Donahue is still small but is coming along. I need to divide or move a few around in spring. Good to hear about Victory because this is his 3rd year and it is getting big, that one and Satisfaction were crowding one of my Coral Bells so I will move that too.


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Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood
Name: Sylvia Butler
TX (Zone 8a)
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citysylvia
Feb 12, 2014 7:51 PM CST
I would love to see a picture of "TWISTED SISTER" Smiling
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Name: Gerry Donahue
Pleasant Lake, IN (Zone 5b)
Hostas Garden Ideas: Master Level
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profesora
Feb 12, 2014 8:31 PM CST
If you have not tried the hosta picture database on http://www.hostalibrary.org/ ,
you must.

Twisted Sister is included.

http://www.hostalibrary.org/

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