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Hosta Growth

Greetings All

While Jim has opened the discussion on the pro and cons of proper plant
growth, I thought it might be a good time to ask for opinions and
observations from all, regarding hosta growth in the garden. Attention to
plants grown to lush sizes in pots of growing medium versus plants that
have been field grown and divided. Personal experience, in most cases for
me has shown that plants I have acquired from Wholesalers Growers/Retailers
as large specimens in containers, grown in medium with constant
fertilizer/water, while looking good for initial purchase don't perform as
well as field grown, bareroot divisions in the following year. This problem
is magnified if the growing medium isn't removed and roots completely
untangled when planting. The hosta will look OK for the growing season it
was planted in, but is somewhat less in size the following year. The field
grown divisions, while usually not looking as lush and well developed
usually send up a second flush of growth soon after planting and show real
size increase the following year. The problem isn't as noticeable in
following years. Look forward to your observations.

John Kee
Erin, Ontario  Zone 5 USDA according to the Plants Delights Catalog Zone Map.

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