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Fwd: Sun & leave Power

Ken, you hit the nail right on the head - I bought the plant at a greenhouse
with a sun shade..  The second flush of leaves is coming inright now so I will
be able to see how they hold up - however - as you said the sun has dipped in
the sky quite a bit already and is not nearly as intense as it was..  Thanks
to both you and Bill for the info.


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In a message dated 8/10/98 11:44:56 PM Eastern Daylight Time, RonnieEA@aol.com

<< Is this just a case of the leaves reaching the end of their life span or
 someone have any other  ideas.  The plant does not appear to be doing too
 badly since the new leaves look fine.

you can do as bill suggested....or you can wait a year.....

i would suggest that you bought a hosta grown in conditions different from
that which you planted it in.....in other words it was grown in a shade house
or something like that.......

all hosta i get in the mail do exactly what you describe because i grow them
in a lot of sun...i have no choice......i presume the professional grower is
growing them in the shade houses.....i immediately throw them into the light
of day and those original leaves melt away like butter

the good news is that the second flush of leaves are tolerant of the
sun/conditions you put it in and therefore do not burn out.....besides the
fact that fall is around the corner and the intensity of the sun is going

the even better news is that the hosta will grow faster in more
sun.....regardless of the nominal leave loss....you have to grow them roots,
and full sun and warm soil is conducive to root growth......

also hosta that are forced with excess fertilizer have a tendency to have
giant leaves and roots that are not big enough to support the plant.....2
years down the line the root mass will be bigger allowing the plant to
tolerate more sun.......

now....that all said regarding hosta in general.....i agree with bill that the
yellows have the hardest time in high sun......but the thicker the leaves the
more tolerant......

well thats enough for now....ken

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