Hostas forum: Daily Hosta #109 - 'Great Expectations'

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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Apr 9, 2016 12:42 PM CST
'Great Expectations' is one of my oldest hostas - I've had it since sometime in the '90s. It's a sport of H. sieboldiana 'Elegans' and I've had the occasional eye revert. It has beautiful large round puckered leaves with wide, irregular streaking margins of blue and light green, but is not a fast grower. It apparently likes sun and mine now gets more sun as some ash trees west of it were removed in recent years. Please feel free to share your pictures of this hosta.

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Ann

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Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
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DebbieC
Apr 9, 2016 4:10 PM CST
Here's mine, new 2015, before I found a spot that sounds like it will be too shady. Likely I will be doing some rearranging this year! Hope mine grows up to be like yours Ann, beautiful.
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Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
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Apr 9, 2016 10:44 PM CST
A favorite. My plant has fewer crowns but it's leaves are quite large.
Utah (Zone 7a)
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SpringGreenThumb
Aug 24, 2016 2:44 AM CST
How do I best grow this particular Hosta?

How many hours of sun should it get?
Utah (Zone 7a)
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Aug 24, 2016 2:44 AM CST

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Utah (Zone 7a)
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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
Mar 10, 2017 6:31 PM CST
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Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/G...
Utah (Zone 7a)
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SpringGreenThumb
Jun 10, 2017 5:02 PM CST

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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Jun 10, 2017 5:15 PM CST
SG, beautiful plants and photos!
Keep Calm and Carry On
Utah (Zone 7a)
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SpringGreenThumb
Jun 10, 2017 5:17 PM CST
I'm so glad I bought it. It's sooo. Beautiful !❤️❤️
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Utah (Zone 7a)
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SpringGreenThumb
Jun 10, 2017 5:22 PM CST
I bought 20 young plants and scared myself... but they grow perfectly fine and I would buy more. ❤️❤️







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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
Jun 10, 2017 8:56 PM CST
20 all the same? Wow! The look great!
Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/G...
Utah (Zone 7a)
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SpringGreenThumb
Jun 10, 2017 10:56 PM CST
Yes. 20 of those young plants last fall on the 75% off sale... and they jumped out of the ground this spring huge and beautiful. They seem to be growing at a faster pace then some of the "fast growers" in the same garden. I'm in love with GE. ❤️

After I bought them I found out they were on the "Hard to Grow" Hosta list. The description said that GE had to be in the exact right spot to survive and to expect having a few die before I found the right spot.

So I planted GE all over my yard in various locations in hopes a few would survive and I could learn where that special spot was..... THEY ALL LIVED and are growing beautifully!!
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Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Jun 10, 2017 11:00 PM CST
I have only had it three years and I have moved it three times trying to find the spot it likes.

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SpringGreenThumb
Jun 10, 2017 11:12 PM CST
It wants to grow by my house!
Any side will do. GE loves me. ❤️


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Utah (Zone 7a)
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SpringGreenThumb
Jun 10, 2017 11:20 PM CST
It seems to be growing in height about 2 inches a week.!!

Last week it was 14 inches (in the picture) This Week it is almost 16.


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GE is growing faster than my Sum and Substance. Don't ask me why. I'm new to Hosta.
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Jun 11, 2017 8:27 AM CST
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Here is the little pipsqueek GE when I first bought it last October. The largest leaves were not even as large as my hand.

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This is what it grew in 9 mo.!

BOOM! ❤️
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SpringGreenThumb
Jun 11, 2017 8:39 AM CST
These GE Hosta are growing in 1/2 day full shade 3 hours full sun and remainder sprinkled sunlight.

They are directly into the sandy loam soil which remains damp year round.... at an altitude of 9,800 ft in a cool shady canyon about 15 yards from a bubbling brook.

The atmosphere is dry except a slightly dampness from the shady creek. A cool breeze flows down the canyon 24/7. Temperatures never exceed 76 Degrees F.
Utah (Zone 7a)
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SpringGreenThumb
Jun 11, 2017 8:44 AM CST
Soil PH is 7.

Winter snow pack 2 - 3 feet every year.
Plants are growing on the West Bank side.
This growth took place October through June which is Winter and Spring.

I'm having a hard time classifying GE as a slow grower. (Sorry).

It's fantastic!
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Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Jun 11, 2017 6:59 PM CST
I do not seem to have trouble with the growth. I am trying to find the spot that I get the color that I like I think the last move is the best. Too much sun seems to bleach the yellow. I want the yellow.

All my gardens are improved with my homemade compost and leaf mold so it is rich soil. I say you can grow a dollar plant in hundred dollar garden soil. But you cannot grow a hundred dollar plant in dollar soil.

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