Hostas forum: Planting Hosta Halcyon

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Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
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chris1948
Apr 29, 2018 2:09 PM CST
My wife picked some of these up today at the lumberyard. She wants to put them in a window box that we have located next to a crepe myrtle that provides all day shade. Would they be ok planted in some of the bagged topsoil I have if I mix a lot of perlite with it? I also plan to line the bottom of the window box with some small rock I have.
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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
May 21, 2018 7:46 PM CST
I would be cautious about 'Halcyon' purchased at any place other than a good hosta nursery as it's one of the varieties with a high incidence of Hosta Virus X. And sometimes HVX doesn't show symptoms in 'Halcyon'.
Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/G...
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Plumerias Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
Dog Lover Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 2
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chris1948
May 21, 2018 8:04 PM CST
Thanks for that info Ann.
Chris - Linux since 1995
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
May 21, 2018 10:08 PM CST
I have a 'Halcyon' in a container and as far as I know, it seems healthy. I've had it for maybe 3 years now. I don't have a lot of hostas and the few that I have are in containers. Is there a way to tell if one of my hostas has HVX?

1st picture was taken in April 2016. 2nd was taken in April 2018 (at 7 pm).

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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 22, 2018 7:12 AM CST
There are test strips available but they aren't inexpensive. Might see if any local nurseries have them and would sell one or two. But I'd be inclined to simply grow them in a pot for several years to keep watch.
Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/G...
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
May 22, 2018 4:22 PM CST
So no apparent telltale signs to look out for? Also have Striptease and sooner or later I'll remember the name of the other. So is it mostly Halcyon (that I always forget how to spell) that's hard to spot the HXV?

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