Hostas forum: Sad looking Stilleto

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Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1
May 13, 2017 6:18 PM CST
I have mentioned this plant several times. Everytime some one post a pic of how pretty and big their plant looks.
I purchased it three yrs ago. It was two eyes. I planted it in the garden. The next year it was two eyes but only two sick looking leaves.

I removed it and put it in this Four inch pot with good compost two yrs ago. Still it looks pitiful but at least I have leaves. I do not think this will ever be garden ready. I am going to put together a combo hosta/fern shade pot and use it as part as that pot. It just will not survive in my garden

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Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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May 13, 2017 6:30 PM CST
I've actually decided to start throwing out the "strugglers" this year. We all have at least one that just won't grow. Well, I have more than one and I'm tired of looking at the ugly little things! Your Stiletto doesn't look all that bad, just small.
Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1
May 13, 2017 8:23 PM CST
The sad thing is I have tried to grow this thing Three times through 30 yrs of gardening. I got my first one from a friends garden and thought I killed it because I was a beginner. It just hates me. Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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May 16, 2017 10:07 PM CST
'Stiletto' is NOT a large plant. I've had mine around a decade and while it's now a good-sized mound, it's probably only a little over 12" in diameter and has never been divided. Yours looks healthy to me.

But like Rose, I've started purging my garden of those that don't seem to want to grow for me. I'll move them a few times and if they are still struggling, they are gone. I think some plants are just duds. And it may be just some divisions of some plants.

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Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
May 17, 2017 7:54 AM CST
I agree with you Ann that some are just duds. While most are hardy plants, some of them are truly "hothouse" varieties. By that I mean they have been coddled in a greenhouse environment. I have two Stiletto and they are sturdy but small plants after several years.
Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1
May 17, 2017 10:24 AM CST
I did not think it was this small. It is definitely pot material. My garden style is natural. This style lends itself to very little if any space between plants.

I plan It to look like a forest floor nothing organized with mulch between each plant. The forest look will smother this little thing.
Name: Steve Buck
Columbus, OH (Zone 5b)
Region: Ohio
May 26, 2017 8:31 AM CST
I don't think that your stilleto looks at all bad to me either. It's one of my favorite small hosta! I dig up struggling hosta that are struggling either from tree root competition/choking them out or not the right lighting conditions or both. I either transplant them to a new spot in the garden or pot them up for rehabilitation for a while.
Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1
May 28, 2017 9:48 PM CST
I was looking at it today and I am amazed it is really growing and a lot more eyes coming out. It is really enjoying its pot.

I have it planted in my homemade compost and leaf mold on top. We have had rain daily and I have it in full sun. It actually looks like I will have to up pot it. I do not want to disturb it so I am going to try to wait until next Spring.

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