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Name: UrbanWild
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UrbanWild
Jun 11, 2018 8:33 PM CST
I was poking through some old magazines when I found an old article on miniature hostas. The list is on the two-page snip species mentioned? pet. Does anyone have experience with any of the species mentioned? If applicable, I would very much like to use them similarly to the row of pots in the photo. Would any take being frozen in pots during winter? ...heat in pots in summer?

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crawgarden
Jun 11, 2018 9:29 PM CST
Have several varieties, but all in the ground.
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Name: Ann
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ViolaAnn
Jun 12, 2018 7:40 PM CST
I've got many of them and will post some pictures with comments. I see they have 'Kinbotan' on the list twice. I'm farther north than you; so my winter experience will be different. I bury plants I really want to keep, in my veggie garden for winter, or in the case of the 'Baby Bunting' gang which share a trough, I mound unscreened compost over the pot for winter, again in my veggie garden.

'Silver Threads and ...'
This has grown best for me in a pot. This is quite a mature plant. It changes colour during the season. This picture was last week in a slow spring in Ottawa.
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This photo beginning of July last year and you see the colour change starting to happen.
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'Blue Mouse Ears' - a good, very hardy little plant. I have my largest one in a trough, but put it in my veggie garden for winter. But I also now have a division in the ground with a few other minis. July 19 last year.
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'Cherish' is the member of the 'Baby Bunting' family which grows most poorly for me. I'm always amazed when it emerges and I thought I had lost it this year, but it has finally poked up a little shoot.
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'Dragon Tails' - I LOVE this enthusiastic, wiggly, yellow hosta. July 27 last year.
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Ann

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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Jun 12, 2018 7:48 PM CST
'Frosted Mouse Ears' - I like this one and it grows well, but I have trouble telling it apart from 'Mighty Mouse' which follows. Photo July 9 last year.
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'Mighty Mouse' - as I said, very similar to FME. Also July 9.
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'Holy Mouse Ears' - I had this one and it reverted to solid blue for me within a couple of years as did 'Snow Mouse' and a couple of other white or light-centred members of the family. The only one which has remained light in the centre for me for more than 3 years is 'Pure Heart'.

This is my 'Pure Heart' July 9.
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'Kinbotan' is a very small, very fast-growing mini which a light yellow margin and it makes a good ground cover hosta as it quickly forms a dense mat. July 9.
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Ann

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Name: Ann
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ViolaAnn
Jun 12, 2018 7:58 PM CST
'Baby Bunting' is a fast-growing, small, blue hosta. I have three divisions of it in three different parts of my garden. July 9.
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'Dixie Chickadee' did not grow well for me and died.

'Tears of Joy' is one of the tiniest and also one of the most unique hostas I have. Very tiny, folded leaves and when it blooms, the flowers have no petals, just their private parts. July 27.
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'Cameo' is another 'Baby Bunting Sport' and it's grown fairly well for me.
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Ann

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Name: Ann
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ViolaAnn
Jun 12, 2018 8:01 PM CST
Not on your list, but worth considering are the other two 'Baby Bunting' sports - 'Hope' and 'Pandora's Box'. H has grown the best for me, but my newer PB is doing fairly well too. My original one had less green/blue and eventually died. 'Hope' July 27
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'Pandora's Box' July9
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'Cracker Crumbs' is, in spring, a lovely yellow mini with a very tiny green margin. It will green up later in the season. I have a division in a pot and I've also got some of it in a border. July 19 and quite green.
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Ann

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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Jun 12, 2018 9:25 PM CST
Didn't have time earlier, but I'd also like to nominate a few other mini hostas that you could use.

Any of the "Lemon-Lime" family. I have two of the - 'Lemon Frost' (white margin) and 'Twist of Lime' (green margin). They grow fast. I use them in a border, but they'd grow well in a pot too.
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'Kifukurin Ko Mame', if you can find it, is similar to 'Kinbotan' but more wavy. It's an older variety; so it might be difficult to find, but I love mine and have it in 4 places in the yard.
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'Pixie Vamp' is a great mini which I like a lot and one of the few which I think was totally ready to be planted in the garden rather than in a pot though it would do well in a pot.
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'Popo' is one of the smallest-leaved varieties I have. Tiny blue leaves.
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'X-rated'
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'Lakeside Zinger'
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Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/G...
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
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ViolaAnn
Jun 13, 2018 6:24 AM CST
I also meant to nominate my other mouse. This is 'Country Mouse' and it's NOT a member of the ME family although it shares a trough with the family in my yard. Leaves are a bit smaller and it grows well. One of my favourites.
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Ann

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