Hostas forum: Hosta The Green Giant

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Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
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freedombel
Apr 28, 2015 8:02 PM CST
I posted this in the general forum and they suggested I show the picture here, it is a hosta that is all I know,
I planted it THEN read the tag and my jaw dropped in shock as the tag said it will grow 48" tall and 36" wide,
not what I had in mind, I am making a small shade fern/hosta garden. So today I bought one that will not grow
so huge, 18", more like I wanted, I dug the other one up and put it where there is plenty of room. Anyway on the
other forum (everything gardening) another member said that in my picture the leaves do not look that big, that
she was thinking if it was going to get huge the leaves would be bigger. Any thoughts? The tag was very generic
and never told what type at all.

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Frillylily
Apr 28, 2015 8:16 PM CST
There is a good chance it could be anything, given the generic tag, and most of those tags are not labeled right anyway at some stores. I would plant it where you want it and see what it does. Many hostas grow a little slow so it could take several years to get that large. Many only reach those large sizes under ideal conditions. You can always divide it out and not allow it to get that large. This is not a shrub like plant that will have invasive roots and take over.
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Seedfork
Apr 28, 2015 8:28 PM CST
Well, this guy wants to know if it is just the photo or does the leaf margins actually appear to be white on some leaves and pale green on the others.
I have searched and can't find any hosta with those dimensions listed, so that could just have been a wrong tag in the pot. Everything that tall appears to get much wider .
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Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
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freedombel
Apr 28, 2015 8:32 PM CST
Seedfork said:Well, this guy wants to know if it is just the photo or does the leaf margins actually appear to be white on some leaves and pale green on the others.

Far as I recall it is just green and whithe varigated, it is too dark out right now or I would better answer your question.

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Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
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freedombel
Apr 28, 2015 8:35 PM CST
Frillylily said:There is a good chance it could be anything, given the generic tag, and most of those tags are not labeled right anyway at some stores. I would plant it where you want it and see what it does. Many hostas grow a little slow so it could take several years to get that large. Many only reach those large sizes under ideal conditions. You can always divide it out and not allow it to get that large. This is not a shrub like plant that will have invasive roots and take over.


I already transplanted it to a larger area, but I think your ideal conditions thought is likely right on, but no worries, I moved it and
time will tell. Thanks for the reply.

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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Apr 28, 2015 8:46 PM CST
I often plant Hostas closer together than their ultimate mature size would recommend. I like my beds to look abundant. If, after several years they, get to large or crowded I just get out my trusty shovel. which is a great tool when improving the looks of a bed of Hostas....
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Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
Always room to plant one more!
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freedombel
Apr 29, 2015 7:53 PM CST
Paul2032, very nice! Good job! Hurray! nodding
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Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
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riverman123
Apr 29, 2015 8:50 PM CST
im inclined to believe the mature size of your generic hosta is probably 36 by 48. rather than the other way around. that's pretty darn big. IF the numbers are the correct ones to begin with...? we have several well along shade areas in our yard and our biggest hosta, the "Komodo Dragon", is nearly 5 feet across. we've had it in the same spot for 7 years now. its one of the biggest hostas out there. as small as your hosta currently looks in the pic, I would suffice it to say it will take many years before it reaches 36x48. even under ideal conditions. the leaves and stems will be larger each year as it gets older and older. fertilize it twice a month with diluted organic fish emulsion (one half tablespoon per gallon), and give it lots of water. it'll take off like a rocket! post pics as the summer goes on!
Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
Always room to plant one more!
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freedombel
Apr 30, 2015 7:23 PM CST
Thanks for all the input, it will be whatever it wants to be, time shall tell, I will post pics from time to time. I learned a bit from all of
you, thank you!
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Kabby
May 1, 2015 10:39 PM CST
@Paul2032 what is the yellow flowering groundcover? I've been on the lookout for something like this.
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
May 2, 2015 5:22 AM CST
Corydalis lutea.........a great plant but it does seed all over the garden.
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Name: Kabby
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Kabby
May 2, 2015 6:02 AM CST
Thank You!

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