Hostas forum: Hardy Hosta

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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Jul 2, 2015 6:41 AM CST
I was hoping you could add some pics and info on the ones you feel are very garden hardy.
I have tried to grow Tatoo and others that are finicky. I also lost a few new ones I put in last Fall. We had a terrible winter! I don't have a lot of shade and need some help on choosing good ones.

Thanks
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Jul 3, 2015 8:03 PM CST
I've had good luck growing Blue Mouse Ears, Squash Casserole, Brother Stefan, Pearl Lake, Sweet Home Chicago...actually it's probably easier to list the ones I've lost!

Stitch In Time, Tattoo (twice), Loyalist, Fire and Ice, White Feather Teeny Weeny Bikini...I'm sure I'll think of several more that I've lost over the years! I also have several of my minis that I'm nursing along. I've moved them to a new bed this year and they seem to be doing better, but time will tell.
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Jul 3, 2015 9:10 PM CST
Rose, I have had several minis but all that remain are Blue Mouse Ears. I would like to do a fairy garden dish. I am afraid that it would be to dry for them tho.
Name: Karen
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
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Cookies4kids
Jul 4, 2015 6:00 AM CST
My all time favorite is Francee. It can take all day sun or shade, never wilts no matter how dry, and always looks so nice. Over the years , we have given away and sold so many pieces and it never falters. It will always be on the top of my list!!!
Happiness is doing for those who cannot do for themselves.
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Jul 12, 2015 4:30 PM CST
Just about anything, except maybe 'Blue Ivory' in the 'Halcyon'/'June' family is very garden hardy.
Ann

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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
Consider the lilies of the field
Seller of Garden Stuff Irises Hostas Region: Kentucky Lilies Peonies
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bluegrassmom
May 9, 2017 5:35 AM CST
Ann, I was on Breck's looking for some bulbs and saw a hosta called Minke. I don't see it in the database. Do you know anything about it??
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
May 9, 2017 6:03 PM CST
Hi,
I searched for it in the My Hostas Database. (myhostas.be) Sometimes they list hostas that you can't find anything about anywhere else. Nothing came up except one called Minker with absolutely ZERO information about it.

I would bet that it's a name that Breck's has applied to some existing hosta (that happens at times) or that it's a non registered hosta, maybe developed by Breck's.

There's also a registered hosta, Mrs. Minky - http://hostaregistrar.org/deta... http://www.myhostas.be/db/host...
and one called Nancy Minks http://hostaregistrar.org/deta... http://www.myhostas.be/db/host...

But some of the new perennial vendors are simply offering up older varieties under new names.
Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/G...
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
Consider the lilies of the field
Seller of Garden Stuff Irises Hostas Region: Kentucky Lilies Peonies
Region: United States of America Garden Photography Vegetable Grower Hummingbirder Cat Lover Heucheras
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bluegrassmom
May 10, 2017 1:15 AM CST
Thanks, I couldn't find anything either Angry

The pic online looks like a nice upright one. Any suggestions of other XX LARGE uprights?
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
May 10, 2017 2:47 AM CST
Krossa Regal is a beautiful large upright plant.
Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
May 10, 2017 2:58 PM CST
I have been growing Hostas for 30 yrs. and have only lost three.

Do you only grow them in pots? I could see some dying in pots depending on weather.

If you plant them to deep in the garden you can lose them too. That was my problem and why I lost some when I started gardening.
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
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ViolaAnn
May 10, 2017 4:55 PM CST
In my zone 5a, overwintering in pots is a 50/50 proposition. If I value the plant I sink it into my veggie garden.

Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/G...
Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
May 10, 2017 8:16 PM CST
I was trying to figure out why she is getting death. Hostas are pretty hardy in our zone. If it is planting, voles, moles. Something that needs to be taken care of so she is not wasting money thinking it is the plant. I have left hostas laying on top of the ground all winter and find them growing the following Spring.
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
May 11, 2017 6:06 AM CST
There was mention of lack of shade. Are you watering regularly? Hosta can take a lot of sun, but needs extra water to survive.
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
May 11, 2017 12:00 PM CST
I have found out the hard way to NEVER plant under a maple tree. I made my 90 yr old mom a memorial garden from my sister's hosta. They were really struggling so I called Bluegrass Hosta Farm and she said that the feeder roots would choke them out Sad One option would be to take a spade and at least monthly cut a circle around each one. They look better this year!!
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
Garden Photography Echinacea Dahlias Clematis Region: Illinois Hibiscus
Heucheras Charter ATP Member Birds Hummingbirder Hostas Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Rose1656
May 11, 2017 4:12 PM CST
My hillside bed is old timber soil, so I know the constant struggle with roots! I've been moving some of the hosta in that bed, and I can't believe the nasty roots that I'm finding! I may try the spade trick and see how it works in that need.
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
Consider the lilies of the field
Seller of Garden Stuff Irises Hostas Region: Kentucky Lilies Peonies
Region: United States of America Garden Photography Vegetable Grower Hummingbirder Cat Lover Heucheras
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bluegrassmom
May 11, 2017 4:50 PM CST
Rose, in places the roots are like clumps of white hair. Shocking that they come to the surface like that.

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