Hostas forum: A seedling to watch

Views: 238, Replies: 7 » Jump to the end
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
Image
ViolaAnn
May 27, 2016 9:02 PM CST
Up here in Ottawa, things are slowly popping. Well, the last couple of really hot days (30+C) will have an impact. Yesterday I still had a few that were just pips, including a few that were duplicates of hostas elsewhere in the garden which demonstrates how much impact their location has.

Anyway, I have a four year-old seedling from 'Christmas Pageant' that I had slated to go out to the Hort. Society plant sale. Then I took another look at it. I think this will be a large, upright, blue hosta. It's in a pot that is about 10" diameter.
Thumb of 2016-05-28/ViolaAnn/17ce13

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: 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
Image
DebbieC
May 27, 2016 9:21 PM CST
Nice Ann! Maybe better keep that one Thumbs up
Happy to see that all my hostas have returned. Not all completely unfurled yet but getting close; definately see the difference in how far along the ones are that are in a more sunny position.
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
Garden Photography Echinacea Dahlias Clematis Region: Illinois Hibiscus
Heucheras Charter ATP Member Birds Hummingbirder Hostas Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
Rose1656
May 28, 2016 6:53 AM CST
Looks like a keeper! Maybe I should quit tossing my volunteer seedlings...
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
Image
ViolaAnn
May 28, 2016 8:32 AM CST
Most of my seedlings are not volunteers, but I DO regularly sow OP seed. I have a few plants that I've kept and named and lots of others that I'm watching. Some of those that I've kept, I went back and forth on for several years before deciding. These are some of my seedlings.

'Amy's Choice' - from 'Korean Snow' in 2007. At one point it seemed to be a bit misty, but has settled into solid green. Really nothing special but I named it after a granddaughter. Recent photo from this year.
Thumb of 2016-05-28/ViolaAnn/a10ebe

'Dancing With Leila' - a 2008 seedling from 'Last Dance' which is reverse variegation from the pod parent. Named after another granddaughter and with a nod to the fact it looks nearly identical to 'Dance With Me'. Photo from last July.
Thumb of 2016-05-28/ViolaAnn/915608

'Lovely Leila' - a 2006 seedling. Origin unknown as squirrels moved my markers around during its first winter. This is one that I went back and forth on before deciding to keep. It emerges with light, misty leaf centres and gradually darkens up during the season. Picture taken last week.
Thumb of 2016-05-28/ViolaAnn/e090c1

'Golden Nolan' - a 2006 seedling from 'September Sun'. Another that I've gone back and forth on and which was named only last year after a grandson. Photo from last week.
Thumb of 2016-05-28/ViolaAnn/4d13df

2009 seedling from 'Touch of Class' that I'm watching. Has reddish petioles too although they seemed more red in previous years.
Thumb of 2016-05-28/ViolaAnn/02c0dc

2010 seedling from 'Deja Blu' - photo from last week. This is a nice blue hosta.
Thumb of 2016-05-28/ViolaAnn/dcc3e5

2012 seedling from 'Lemon Frost'. This is probably the tiniest hosta in my garden. Photo last week.
Thumb of 2016-05-28/ViolaAnn/6bc266

2013 seedling from 'Fire Island'
Thumb of 2016-05-28/ViolaAnn/602a52

2013 seedling from 'Neat Splash'. Chris from Hallson's sent me some seeds. This one will be divided next week as the various eyes have different degrees of streakiness and margination. My hope is that one of the divisions will eventually be named after my third granddaughter and possibly another after the first granddaughter, Amy.
Thumb of 2016-05-28/ViolaAnn/4d1939

2013 seedling from 'Spilt Milk'. Still too early to tell for this year as the margin is developing. Last year it had a very narrow green margin. This year that margin MAY be wider on some of the leaves once it develops its final colour for the year.
Thumb of 2016-05-28/ViolaAnn/cbc2fc

2013 seedling from 'Touch of Class'. This one was a nice green with red petioles last season. This season, more and smaller eyes and it remains to be seen whether I like it as well.
Thumb of 2016-05-28/ViolaAnn/c28ae6

A word of caution - if you plan to name a hosta after a family member, grow it for several years before you make a final decision because of the way they change from one year to the next, even as long as 5-6 years.

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: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
Garden Photography Echinacea Dahlias Clematis Region: Illinois Hibiscus
Heucheras Charter ATP Member Birds Hummingbirder Hostas Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
Rose1656
May 28, 2016 11:20 AM CST
Ann,

Do you pollinate the plants or just gather seeds that are open pollinated? I have done winter sowing, but I have a lot coming up in my beds. I'm watching a nice yellow and a dark, shiny green that both have lance shaped leaves.
Name: Rob Duval
Mason, New Hampshire (Zone 5b)
Region: New Hampshire Vegetable Grower Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1 Tomato Heads
Annuals Hostas Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Spiders! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US
Image
robertduval14
May 28, 2016 3:41 PM CST

Plants Admin

You say you have named these, does that mean you have registered them? And if not, doesn't that mean that those names could still be used by anyone?
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
Image
ViolaAnn
May 29, 2016 7:42 PM CST
My seeds are almost entirely OP. The only exceptions are a couple of plants I have that never seem to set seed unless I help them out, but the pollen generally comes from whichever plant in the garden actually has some when I need it. Now I guess I could keep track, but that's too much trouble.

As far as the names, no nothing is registered. I just give them garden names if I decide to keep them. So, yes someone could come along and use those names.
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: Treehugger
Hanover Twp, PA (Zone 6a)
Region: United States of America Region: Northeast US Region: Pennsylvania Native Plants and Wildflowers Miniature Gardening Herbs
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Bee Lover Hostas Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Frogs and Toads Hummingbirder
treehugger
May 31, 2016 11:34 AM CST
I'm finding that as my hosta garden matures there are more and more seedlings popping up each spring. I love this added surprise except the bunny is really interested in these new plants. My liquid fence bills keep rising so for now it keeps them from tasting the foliage hopefully until I can decide if they are worth keeping.
Thumb of 2016-05-31/treehugger/a3e85a

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Hostas forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Today's site banner is by Baja_Costero and is called "Agave"