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Re: Mini/tiny hostas

  • Subject: Re: Mini/tiny hostas
  • From: "Tim Saville" <timsaville@breathe.com>
  • Date: Sat, 17 Apr 2004 09:12:40 +0100

Hi Glen
Have you tried a gravel mulch on your minis? It works for me. The only thing
to avoid is immediate or subsequent isolation of the rootball/pot compost
from damp soil, so ensure there is plenty of contact when planting.
Tim over the pond
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Andrew Lietzow" <alietzow@myfamily.com>
To: <BBROWNJ@aol.com>; <hosta-open@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, April 16, 2004 10:59 PM
Subject: Re: Mini/tiny hostas


> RE:>>
> <<<<<<<<Do tiny clumps of established mini
> hostas need special mulching because of the root proximity to the
> surface?>>>>>>>>>>>>
>
> Special mulching?   You mean beyond a normal 1-2 inches?   I think they
might like to have their roots covered, i.e. protected from the drying out
that would come from the heat and UV rays.   Of course, liking it and
requiring it are two different things with Hosta.  The question is, what
does it take to make them "thrive".
>
> For the last couple of years, I have switched to mulching only with
compost.  I used to use cedar chips, or cypress, but I found I was spending
an inordinate amount of time and money for these products.   This year, I'll
probably use 4-8 yards of compost (8 yards is now the minimum order from our
City's compost operation) and the plants will never look better than after a
fresh mulching.  And when the mulch is wet, well I just don't know how they
could show any better.   (Something one learns when you finally go to some
major Hosta tours!)
>
> I try to keep the compost back an inch or two from the crown.    Beyond
that, I think that, I believe this is a treatment the Hostas thank me for
each spring as it helps to keep their feet cool through the hot summer and
they seem to enjoy that.
>
> On another note.
>
> A few years ago, I remember Kevin Walek commenting, "we're not giving our
Hostas enough water".   Since then, I've wanted to install irrigation and am
finally getting to it this spring.  Killed all of the grass out front last
fall, tilled in lots of that good compost, then acted like a big mole with a
shovel, and now my neighbors are wondering if I'll ever get it put back
together.
>
> I should be reseeding what is left of a lawn area within a week or two.
About then, I'll either be jumping for joy or not quite (now and then I
forget to weld a PVC joint and that seems to extend the project a bit :-) ).
I got over the hurdle of building the manifold just yesterday and I expect
I'm on the downward slope.
>
> Anyone have recommendations for how much to water?   3-5 inches per week?
1-3?   I imagine early in the season, until about July 15, is the most
important time but I'm open to other authoritative experience.   Maybe there
has been some articles in either of the Journals?
>
> Ciao,
> Andrew Lietzow
> In Des Moines, where is feels like 85 but it's actually 86!  Wowzer.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: BBROWNJ@aol.com
> Sent: Friday, April 16, 2004 5:23 PM
> To: hosta-open@hort.net
> Cc:
> Subject: Re: Mini/tiny hostas
>
>
> NO
>
> Barbara
> MA Z 5
>
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