Hostas forum: Halcyon

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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Sep 15, 2017 8:51 AM CST
I am wondering if anyone here has trouble w this sunburning? Mine is in morning only sun and it sunburns like crazy. So wondering if it needs a location w no sun at all? It has grown rather well, and increased, just burns. Do all of the blue colors burn or are there some that are more sun tolerant? I am thinking of sending this one to the compost Thumbs down
Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Sep 19, 2017 10:25 AM CST
i grow all my blues in full shade. The blue is a wax and in sun it melts the wax and they are just a green hosta. This hosta stays blue in to Aug this yr.
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Sep 24, 2017 4:59 PM CST
okay, thanks for the replies! Are there any blue colored ones that do take some sun? I have sun there until about noon ea day, the east side. Maybe I should just try growing some other kind of blue colored plant instead of hosta?
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Sep 24, 2017 6:25 PM CST
My Hostas are all East facing and they get morning sun until Noon and all of my blue hostas do very well. Towards the end of the summer some have lost some of the wax, and show a little green but are for the most part still blue.
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Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Oct 15, 2017 7:34 PM CST
I have two divisions and since I lost a large tree, one gets a bit of afternoon sun. It loses its blue much more quickly, but has never burnt.
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Utah (Zone 7a)
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SpringGreenThumb
Jan 26, 2018 12:56 PM CST
I think its the Latitude. When I was in England I didn't burn in direct sunlight... even though it was a warmer growing zone and in full sun. I burn to a crisp if I'm not shaded or have sun screen at home. Sunlight is comes down differently not only during times of day but also in diverse locations.
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
skits
Jan 28, 2018 12:51 PM CST
I have a very large 100 year old maple that shaded one of my hosta gardens. I have mature Sum and Substance and Big Momma along with another really large hosta. Two years ago a large (tree size) branch fell on them in July. They survived, but didn't look all that great for the rest of the summer. Last year while I was on vacation another large branch from the other old maple on the other side of the deck fell and really nailed these hostas. The deck held up most of the trunk, but the branches did a number on them again! The first maple is going to have to come down this summer and I'm going to have to move a lot of hostas! After complaining for years that all I had was deep shade, and over the years adjusting to it, I'm now frightened of how much sun I'm going to get (south and west facing once tree is gone). The Sum and Substance has started to burn just a bit since these limbs have fallen towards late August/September. I plan to split it up but need advice how much sun it can take. I do have room in the east if necessary. That would be morning sun until about noon. Am I correct the lighter the hosta the more sun it can take? Or is it the other way around?

Figured out how to add photos. First is early spring hostas, then the first limb, then the second. Just a nightmare!




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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Jan 28, 2018 1:00 PM CST
Guess if it was me, I would leave the hostas and get a sense of how much sun or shade they get this year, a very basic rule of thumb is the blues, greens and whites do better with less sun, but there are always exceptions.

If you find they are frying (crispy leaves) you can always move them since they are very tolerant of transplanting, the largest Sum and Substance I have ever seen was grown in full sun.

I think your hostas will long term do better since they will not be competing with the maple roots.

It would help if we knew what zone you are in, you can fill that info in on your profile.
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Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Jan 28, 2018 1:16 PM CST
Welcome skits! Plants which emerge in more sun will do better than plants suddenly subjected to more sun. Hostas do well in shade, but they tolerate a considerable amount of sun. Most species occur in very sunny areas. A key to success in the sun would be to keep them well watered.
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
skits
Jan 28, 2018 1:27 PM CST
Thanks. I guess I'm worried about them because as the tree has lost its canopy I've seen them scorch more. I do have to split them up. They've even gotten too large for me! There actually is a path through that mass and it's a nightmare when the guys try to get in there with a ladder to clean gutters.

I'm in zone 5b I think. Northeast Wisconsin (Packer Country). I was trying to figure out how to put that in the upper right but had no luck.
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Jan 28, 2018 1:36 PM CST
Just click on your name. Choose change my profile and you will be able to put out the information you wish to provide.

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