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RE: Question {response to Mary Chastain}

  • Subject: RE: Question {response to Mary Chastain}
  • From: "Mary Chastain" <MC_hosta@Bellsouth.net>
  • Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2001 18:58:25 -0500
  • Importance: Normal

Bill you are probably right about bringing the plants inside.  The truth is that our season is so long that I get really tired about Oct. By that time I am getting lazy.
I still have a few plants in the garden that are green and growing. They have been up for ten months. I can't understand why they just keep on.
Tomorrow morning is supposed to be in the low 20s so maybe they will get the idea that is time to sleep. When I first began developing plants one of my goals was to get plants that would last the season in the south. If I were going to start again I would put a limit on some of the time factors.
-----Original Message-----
From: owner-hosta-open@mallorn.com [mailto:owner-hosta-open@mallorn.com]On Behalf Of Bill Nash
Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2001 10:41 PM
To: hosta-open@mallorn.com
Subject: Re: Question {response to Mary Chastain}

Proud Mary'darlin,
                           IMHO <in my honest opinion> I personally do believe: that cooler temperatures in zone 7 through 8 climates: will provide for better hosta pollination.  I am in zone 4 Canada, so it is like cool most of the time here? ;)
       On another topic, I'm also of the opinion, that those late flowering hostas; such as longipes species types, coming into bloom in say late August & mid-September: would pollinate well outdoors in your climate; and might provide for, outdoor collection of seeds in your climate also?  Up here, I have to pot-up these late flowering types; and bring them indoors to ripen their seeds, since we usually have quite frosty-nights arriving as early as mid-September, with ground-frost coming usually by late-October, so the seed-pods of September blooming hostas, don't have a chance to ripen seeds outdoors in my climate.  I'm seriously wondering, if bees are even flying when temperatures are over 100* F?

Do you think, my thinking: that the late flowering hosta type's seed-collection might be done outdoors; in a semi-tropical climate of say Zone 7b which you have <=> does this make any sense at all? ((:
      Some persons in Oklahoma; are testing & have tested my rationalization on this ie.. towards the feasibility of late blooming hosta seed-harvest in their climate (and done outdoors?) but as yet, we have no conclusive/positive proof results?
      I can say however, that one woman, whom I corresponded with several years ago, living in a Zone 7b climate; and whom, was quite good at hand-pollination, did not have much luck at all with her July-hand-pollination, when temperatures were running in the high 90's Fahrenheit and/or even over 100*F.  I asked this kind lady, to try doing this in the middle of the night, when it is cool; and with perhaps, a miner's light on her forehead for seeing what she was doing, but since, this was just her-hobby; and what with, my being the joker I am therefore, I regret to say: she did not take me serious at all? LOL!

Mary- love t'U & your loved one's at this festive time of year; and all the best in upcoming seasons too (Also to y'all, who be reading this?)

Merry X'(-=>O<=-)X'mas (a time of our shortest day in the year, wherein day-lengths, will be getting progressively longer now...)

and to fellow Christians ..."have'yourself a merry'little-CHRISTMAS" <a song?>

B>)) [bill nash zone 4 canada]
====== regarding =======      
At 06:48 PM 12/18/2001, Mary Chastain wrote:

This is for those that are hybridizing. Has anyone set seed on Iron Gate
Supreme? For the first time in over ten years of trying, I had pods this
year but no seed. This was our coolest summer this year that I can remember
so I wondered if the cooler temperature accounted for pods for the first

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