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Re: Drought Resistant Hostas

  We, too, have had very little rain. I find that the closer to the original
specie the hosta is, the more dryness it can take. The older hostas (larger
clumps) seem to pull through alot of dry spells..guess the roots are more
established. My green Hostas are doing alot better than any variegated
ones....the more white in the leaf, the more water they seem to need. I find
Guacamole, Fried Bananas, Fried Green Tomatoe (note: all names after
food..haha) do great in the dry heat. Slick Willie, Maruba Iwa, Lakeside
Looking Glass...really all the shiny thick substance ones, are holding up.
Most of my blues are okay but there are some that have slight burned edges.
  The one that really surprises me how hardy it is, Fragrant Bouquet. I
don't think it needs water. It puts on a show with it's blooms even when
denied attention.
  Now on top of your question, I would like to ask, what Hostas haven't done
so good. I'm not talking about slugs, disease, crown rot or other worries,
but just not doing great because of the heat and dryness.
  My first choice is Pilgram....all the white on the outer edges turned
brown and curled to the back. Looks about dead but the petioles and crown
are all okay. I may try to move the poor thing to a different location this
  I would like to say, that out of all the plants in my gardens, the hostas
look the best. The Iris foliage is looking bad along with the daylilies.
Even Yuccas are not looking good.
  So, it does pay to have shade with hostas as your main garden.
Sue Smith
Missouri zone 5/6
----- Original Message -----
From: <CCREDUX@aol.com>
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Sent: Friday, August 11, 2000 8:50 PM
Subject: Drought Resistant Hostas

> I was away from garden for 3 weeks ---no water, little rain. I was
> to find some hostas that had done extremely well.
> What are your candidates? My top one is 'Inniswood'.
> Clyde Crockett
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