Re: Newbie question
- Subject: Re: Newbie question
- From: Bill Nash <email@example.com>
- Date: Tue, 09 Apr 2002 22:38:16 -0400
Hey Sandy'DARLIN, ah's been wonderin: how
ya'been'doin?..it's so nice to see your email!
I also live in a supposed Zone 4 climate (sometimes?) and the second week
of May is usually the bullet-stage with our hostas (in this neck of our
Arctic Wastelands, they call CADANA'land. *MUSH MUSH'doggies?*
Depending on the weather patterns; and more precisely,
the earliness of our jet-stream changing from our North'westerly flowing
of winds coming down on us from those cold cold White Regions of Canada
(up there in the NW Polar Areas <=> like Barbara Jackson in
It certainly looks like we may be in
for a late summer arriving this year, so y'all livin down South?..Please
point your fans Northward :( huh? *and thank you kindly in advance*
I recall one year, Sandy-love, I took the whole month
of May off work (vacation?) -- to pot hostas for some Nursery-owner
friends; and it was a very very late season. No eyes were
even out of the ground yet in the first few weeks of May, so I dug them
up blind, and potted same. Of course, no Nurseries would take
delivery of the plants until the leaves were fully opened, which happened
in the first week of June. I took an extra week off work, and would
you believe: we moved out 5,000 potted hostas, in that first week of
June, so everybody was happy.
Last year, was a fairly early sping and summer
arrival. WE were already potting hostas in late March? I
would say in conclusion, Mr. Houck, that if you see hosta-eyes out of the
ground by second week of May (in the bullet stage say?) then you are
doing okay and swell.
*RE: YOUR HEM'SEEDS?*
BTW SANDY...a few weeks ago, I was checking seeds in storage in my spare
beer fridge; and I found, that the Daylily hem'seed you had sent me last
Autumn, was sprouted at 40/45* Fahrenheit (inside the crisper section of
that refrigerator?). The Kleenex-tissue, which you had placed
inside those small plastic bags, to keep seed dry I suppose?..had gotten
moist somehow! It was a good thing I looked at my seeds in storage,
since finding the sprouted hem-seed, allowed me to sow it all, with
fantastic germination resulting! If you have hem-seed stored in
your fridge, maybe you should check it, to see if perhaps it may have
sprouted also --<just a thought?>
I was planning to sow the hem-seed directly outdoors, in the
last week of May, but after seeing the sprouted seed, I decided to sow it
immediately. These seedlings are under a secondary set of lights in
my garage now, running at 60 * F presently. I just wanted you to
know, Sandy, that I saved your sprouted Daylily seedlings... just in the
nick of time (and there are hundreds of them?) -- thought you might like
to know this and kind thanks again. How is your hosta seedling
BTW...if you ever feel like potting up some hostas for Saleable purposes,
or just propagating them further?..I find that digging, dividing and
potting-up at the Bullet-Stage; that is, before leaves are fully opened,
is a good time to do this IMHO? If it is done when leaves are fully
opened, then these plant divisions will not grow again until late
summer. August through September, is also a good time to do
root-division propagation, since the eyes are very pronounced and visible
in late summer (AT THIS TIME OF YEAR! <=> showing next year's
eye-plants, in the form of buds?).
hope this helps something...and...
SANDY? ...Best to you and all your loved ones!....and'y'all
"Bill Nash Guelph Ontario Canada Zone 4"
<=== pertaining to original email below===>
09:44 AM 04/09/2002, "Sandy Houck"
I was wondering when hostas ususally break ground in the spring. I am in
zone 4 and the daylilies have about 1-2" of growth now. The only
hostas showing are H. undulata medio variegata (?) and about half of them
have about 1/2" inch of growth the rest also aren't showing yet. I'm
seeing a lot of tunneling around the hostas. Not good I'm thinking. I
just planted the hostas last summer so I am not sure when they should be
breaking ground. Even two plants of H. montana aureo-marginata aren't
showing yet and I thought that was an early riser. Any comments?
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