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RE: Hostas

Good Morning All!

I recently went to a daylily meeting where the program was on hostas.
The speaker was Joe Haber one of our club members.  A few of the tips
from my notes might be of interest to everyone who grows them.  

A slug barrier was mentioned that I think I'll try. It is a copper
collar (ring) that you can make from roofer's copper. You buy the copper
in rolls that are 12' wide and cut them into 2" high strips. Then you
form a ring around the crown according to the girth of the plant.  The
ring will be concealed when the plant leafs out.  

There's a great hosta database at www.hostalibrary.org . Photos of over
3,000 varieties! Also, www.hostasonline, http://gardensight.com 

One of the earliest hostas for our area is H. Montana aureo marginata
which blooms the second week of March (well maybe not this year!).  H.
'Fragrant Blue' holds its blue color and is fragrant, duh!  H.
'Pandora's Box' is the smallest variegated hosta.  Very cute!  I've got
a long wish list as usual!

Link to the American Hosta Society Popularity Poll:

Recommended books on hostas:

The Hosta Handbook by Mark Zilis, Gardeners Guide to Growing Hostas by
Diana Grenfell, The Hosta Book by Paul Aden (this guy is a big
hybridizer), The Genus Hosta by George Schmidt

Fertilizing: 10-10-10 in early spring and August

Long Island, NY
Zone 7

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