Hostas forum: Daily Hosta #173 - 'Pandora's Box'

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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
May 4, 2016 1:55 PM CST
'Pandora's Box', is not, IMHO, worth trying to grow. It's a mini, a sport of 'Baby Bunting' which has palest chartreuse to creamy white leaf centres with a dark grey-green margin; a lighter green area appears in the leaf where the white and green meet. I got my first one in spring 2004 and it did well at first but gradually petered out to almost nothing, though it was still alive in 2015. In 2015, I got a newer division, but wasn't thrilled with how it grew. It IS worth noting that newer versions seem to have a wider green margin than my original plant did. Now in 2016, I'm waiting to see if I lost the entire family as they were in a container and I'm not so sure it was sufficiently buried. So far no pips. Please feel free to share your pictures of this.

Original division June 21
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July 25
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New division July 3
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Aug. 13
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Ann

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Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
May 4, 2016 6:12 PM CST
It will probably die on me now, but I love this little one! I've had really good luck growing mine. Currently it's in a pot because it was under a tree that we are having taken down.
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3mark
Sep 26, 2016 11:29 AM CST
This is the only of our hostas that had an actual name tag. The rest were just hostas or perennials.

It came from the local nursery and was planted earlier this year. It was the only miniature hosta still available. I know at least some of them bloomed at the nursery.

Right now it looks like this:

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Who knows what will become of it, especially considering the photos above.
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Sep 27, 2016 6:37 AM CST
That is looking good now. I hope it continues to do so.

I lost my little one last winter, but the newer, bigger one continues to grow. However, I think some of the leaves may go all blue/green. This photo was July 23. And all of the plants in that trough eventually came up except the original small PB.

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Ann

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3mark
Sep 27, 2016 6:50 AM CST
It looks basically the same as when it was bought with a few young leaves, as pictured.
I agree, the winter will be a major test. Other hostas did overwinter successfully at that spot but all were mid-sized.

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