Hostas forum: Daily Hosta #153 - 'Fire Island'

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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Apr 27, 2016 1:04 PM CST
'Fire Island' emerges nearly fluorescent yellow with red leaf petioles. The yellow gradually fades in the sun or becomes chartreuse/green depending on light levels. It's a small-medium sized hosta that is a hybrid of longipes hypoglauca x ‘Crested Surf’ (B. Brincka 1998). It forms a loose mound and grows fairly quickly. Like many of my hostas, it was badly attacked my slugs last year which got the upper hand when I was away for two weeks in July. I've had mine since spring 2007. Please feel free to add you pictures of this hosta.

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Ann

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Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Maryland Plant and/or Seed Trader Hostas Ferns Garden Photography
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RickM
May 5, 2016 11:20 AM CST
Afternoon Ann! I have both Fire Island and Paradise Island 'littered' around the yard in places where I need pops of color. This one in paired with Blue Mouse Ears and has been in the jar for two years now. I actually keep quite a few hosta in planters so that I can easily move them around to change things up a bit.

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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
May 5, 2016 6:50 PM CST
I also have 'Paradise Island' and it was about 2' north of FI. It did well one year and ever since then it has been decimated by slugs. Last year I potted it and it did much better, but still not even close to the kind of growth I've had on FI.
Ann

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Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Maryland Plant and/or Seed Trader Hostas Ferns Garden Photography
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RickM
May 5, 2016 7:15 PM CST
Ann,

We use a pine bark mulch around all of our hosta that are in the ground. The rough surfaces really help keep the slug problem to a minimum.
Check out some older pics of our yard at http://AmRes.com/Our_Yard/
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
May 6, 2016 1:08 PM CST
I have it in many places too. I just don't quite understand why the hosta in one location did so poorly compared to one that was two feet away.
Ann

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Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Maryland Plant and/or Seed Trader Hostas Ferns Garden Photography
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RickM
May 6, 2016 1:21 PM CST
Ahhhhh, Mother Nature at her finest! Always keep 'em guessing.

I have the same issue with a number of cultivars. But, I figure it's green and basically growing, so leave it alone.

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Check out some older pics of our yard at http://AmRes.com/Our_Yard/
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 16, 2017 6:12 PM CST
2016 update - June 4
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I was asked for a division of this; so I divided it and the plant sulked for the rest of the season. I'm hoping it recovers this year.
Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/G...

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KarinBlackCat
Mar 19, 2017 6:32 AM CST
I love this one! Great color, changing every day with different light conditions, nice violet flowers...red stems, good growth...I can recommend it Thumbs up

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Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Maryland Plant and/or Seed Trader Hostas Ferns Garden Photography
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RickM
Mar 19, 2017 1:26 PM CST
Welcome! @KarinlackCat !

Fire island is one of my many favorites. We use it, Paradise Island and Dancing Queen the 'dark' areas. They're like little lanterns.

If you're not familiar with Paradise Island, it's a sport of Fire island. The leaves have the same bright color, but with irregular, thin green margins.
Check out some older pics of our yard at http://AmRes.com/Our_Yard/
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 20, 2017 12:17 PM CST
Even better is 'Island Breeze' which is a sport of 'Paradise Island'. I've found much better growth on it than on the other two.

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Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/G...

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