Hostas forum: Daily Hosta #139 - 'Blue Ivory'

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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Apr 19, 2016 4:00 PM CST
'Blue Ivory' is a sport of 'Halcyon'. I've had it since June 2010. It has spear-shaped, powdery blue leaves with a very wide, creamy white margin. It's supposed to be medium in size but mine has been an exceptionally slow grower. I moved it to a new location for 2015 and it seemed to do better, but I'm still waiting for growth from this one. Please share any photos you may have of this hostas.

June 21
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Aug. 31
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Sept. 21
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Ann

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Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
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DebbieC
Apr 20, 2016 7:46 AM CST
I added Blue Ivory last year but didn't take a closeup pic. It is a lovely Hosta. I seem to be attracted to any members of the Halcyon family!
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
Apr 20, 2016 8:50 AM CST
It's hard to go wrong with members of the 'Halcyon' family. Mostly good growers and they last extremely well all season long.
Ann

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Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Apr 20, 2016 3:00 PM CST
When I saw your picture I thought I'd better go out and check on mine... Starting to look nice!
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Name: Mika
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cliftoncat
Apr 23, 2016 12:06 PM CST
I have several of this one, and really like both the colours and the substance. One of the younger plants keeps sending up all blue leaves, which for a while I removed but eventually gave up on. On the advice of the owner of the national hosta collection here, I tried washing the roots in a dilute bleach solution, but it made no difference. Any suggestions? Perhaps I should just let it be a blue! Smiling
Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
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DebbieC
Apr 23, 2016 4:02 PM CST
I don't have any suggestions Mika, but wondered about the advice of washing the roots in a bleach solution. How would that affect the colour of the leaves? Just interested in the theory behind that.
Thank You!
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Critters Allowed Daylilies Irises Roses Hostas
Birds Multi-Region Gardener Cat Lover Dog Lover Ponds Foliage Fan
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cliftoncat
Apr 23, 2016 4:14 PM CST
I think the theory was that the bleach solution (1 to 10) would destroy any pathogens which might have been causing the problem with the colour. They said it worked for them in more than half the cases they had - though it didn't fix my problem! Smiling
Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
Hostas Cat Lover Annuals Bulbs Container Gardener Critters Allowed
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Houseplants Foliage Fan Butterflies Bee Lover Native Plants and Wildflowers
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DebbieC
Apr 23, 2016 4:21 PM CST
That's interesting; thanks for letting me know. Will have to keep that tip in mind.
Sounds like that particular Blue Ivory is trying to revert back to Halcyon; I wonder if that is common with that Hosta?

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