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May 1, 2015 11:42 PM CST
FRANCE (Zone 9a)
Hello
i have sum and substance
and Empress wu in big pots
Young but big leaves
And you ?
looking for big hosta
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May 8, 2015 11:02 PM CST
Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
we have Empress Wu and Komodo Dragon. very big!!
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May 14, 2015 11:24 AM CST
FRANCE (Zone 9a)
Komodo Dragon ?
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May 16, 2015 6:48 PM CST
Name: Duane
Redmond OR (Zone 5a)
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How about Sagae--- I've nicknamed this one "monster". Probably at least 10 years old.


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May 16, 2015 7:03 PM CST
Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
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May 20, 2015 9:26 PM CST
Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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I was driving the other day in town and heavy traffic and saw a huge hosta!! It was surrounding a small tree and was almost up to the first branches. I didn't have my camera or I might have circled back and stopped to see if any one was home.

Love both Sagae and K. Dragon, beautiful. I have what is suppose to be T Rex but I need to move it or add some compost.
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May 20, 2015 10:16 PM CST
Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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I love Sum and Substance and Blue Angel!
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May 22, 2015 8:03 PM CST
OH (Zone 5a)
Hostas
Very nice!
Duane, that Sagae is largest I've ever seen. Wish mine was half that size. One of my favs.
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May 1, 2016 7:54 AM CST
FRANCE (Zone 9a)
Ok for Komodo dragon and sagae
I can find Komodo dragon in France
not so sure for Sagae
Just coming back from my first "foire aux plantes" with Regal splendor
I must find a recent book about hostas to help my choice !
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May 1, 2016 8:07 AM CST
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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@rosebud, if you are just beginning with hostas, my advice would be not to buy too many to begin with. According to the database, the maximum recommended zone for hosta is zone 8b. You may be OK in zone 9a - perhaps Ann has a view? @ViolaAnn
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May 7, 2016 7:01 AM CST
FRANCE (Zone 9a)
Hi
I am in zone 9a...my cestrum nocturnum in pot don't freeze
ok for the advice .come back from mys first "foire aux plantes" with only 4 hostas
I am a little bist lost in the 800 hostas in Europe
No book about hostas ?


cliftoncat said:@rosebud, if you are just beginning with hostas, my advice would be not to buy too many to begin with. According to the database, the maximum recommended zone for hosta is zone 8b. You may be OK in zone 9a - perhaps Ann has a view? @ViolaAnn
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May 7, 2016 8:29 AM CST
Name: Mika
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The potential problem is that zone 9a may be too hot, not that it is too cold! We grow hostas in England (zone 8b), but not in France (in France our garden is in Menton, zone 10a).
But you could try the plants you have bought and see what happens. Perhaps if you have a nice shady spot in your garden in which to plant your hostas?

Here's a link to a French website about hostas - it includes advice on care, planting, etc., and they even have a hosta book that you can buy. But you can probably get all the information you need for free on the internet.

http://www.hostas.fr/Le%20bon%...

They are wonderful plants, so I completely understand that you want to grow them! Thumbs up
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May 7, 2016 10:11 PM CST
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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I think the suggestion that you not get too many to begin with is likely a good one. I would also Google "hostas for warm climates" or something similar. You might get some good advice. Since my zone is much colder, I don't have experience growing hostas in warmer places.

I'll comment more either late tomorrow or next week. It's bedtime now and tomorrow will be hectic.


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May 8, 2016 7:05 AM CST
FRANCE (Zone 9a)
Hi
BREST is not a warmer place
Hosta seems to need water and shady spot but i don't think hot temperature is a problem.
Jane From "le jardin anglais" grow his hostas and heucheras in the South west of FRANCE.
I 've just spend my saturday afternoon repot my small collection (13) of hostas
and I put them in shady spot below my heptacodium
I put my plantaginea in full sun...no flower since two years !
Venus seems very interesting
I am looking for a book to help my choice.
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May 8, 2016 7:24 AM CST
FRANCE (Zone 9a)
Hi
For Cliftoncat
http://www.jardinexotique.net/...
Hosta in Menton
You are very Lucky : A garden in the Northwest of Europe and a second garden in Menton
Ok for the book.
I Heard of a recent book written by a Canadian
Don't know the title
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Mar 25, 2017 3:06 PM CST
Name: kathy
Michigan (Zone 4b)
near St. Clair MI
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Need help with my 5 year old Empress Wu.
It grows healthy, and even blooms. Seems resistant to snails/slugs, in 90% shade, NE facing perennial bed. Good moisture, and regularly fertilized. BUT never got big. Only 12" tall. I was soooo looking forward to a giant Confused
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Mar 25, 2017 3:16 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Probably needs more sun.
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Mar 25, 2017 3:33 PM CST
Name: kathy
Michigan (Zone 4b)
near St. Clair MI
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I could try that, crawgarden, this is a good time of year for moving hosta.
Thank you.
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Mar 26, 2017 5:08 AM CST
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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I would agree. I had to remove a large tree a couple of years ago and have been amazed at how much faster the hostas grew in more light. I've had to move some of them because it was too much sun, but for most the growth rate was much faster and a few are doing just fine in full sun.
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Mar 26, 2017 9:48 AM CST
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
My Empress Wu was bigger than 12" when I planted her. I am excited to see what she does going into her fourth year here. Last year she was by far the largest Hosta in my gardens, Sum and Substance which has been in place for 15 years looks like a medium compared to the Empress.

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