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Re: Pictures of Hosta doing poorly

  • Subject: Re: Pictures of Hosta doing poorly
  • From: Giboshiman@aol.com
  • Date: Sun, 12 Jan 2003 11:09:40 EST

In a message dated 1/12/2003 10:58:02 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
alttara@earthlink.net writes:

> Will there be  follow-up where we can staunchly defend our favorites on 
> the list, and submit fabulous pictures?

Absolutely, after it is published in the Journal I will also give it to the 
lists to use for discussion.  As you will see it is designed to improve the 
knowledge base and to instill further discussion, debate and research.  A 
couple of passages to give you an idea of the discussion level in the 

"As noted Peter Ruh provided me with a very thoughtful letter on the table, 
some of which has resulted in slight revisions to the presentation.  Peter 
also gave me some ideas for future articles for the Journal and many of you 
may wish to follow-up on these ideas."

"Peter pointed out that for him H. 'Ryan's Big One' was not a runt, but 
rather was a very slow grower.  This observation caused me to go back and 
talk to some of the people that voted for 'Ryan's Big One' and made this 
complaint.  It was interesting to note that the "runt" descriptor appears to 
track back to one TC lab and one "batch" of liners.  Thus, I have begun 
trying to build a new column for each of the cultivars on this list which 
indicates which lab either produced the batch, or originated the 
"questionable" cultivar.  Although I am collecting this data, I will have to 
carefully weigh its publication.  That aside, please feel free to share 
similar "observations" with me."

"Peter also suggested it would be useful to go back to the voters, or for 
future reference, ask the voters, to determine and report on soil conditions, 
sun or shade, drought conditions, and whether the plants were watered during 
the drought.  I agree with Peter that the sun versus shade issue is likely to 
be relevant, especially, in the "melt out" and "burn" cultivars.  I discussed 
this issue in greater detail in my article entitled "Hostas" Sun or Shade," 
on page 21 of Volume 32, Number 2 of The Hosta Journal, Bob Solberg's article 
"Sun or Shade: Too Much of a Good Thing?", which follows on page 33 of that 
same volume. Further efforts in these areas suggested by Peter are well 
and also, 

"The largest vote getter on this list is H. 'Great Expectations', which also 
appears as number 3 on the 2001 Popularity Poll.  Hosta 'Great Expectations' 
is also the number one seller in Northern Virginia nurseries.  At the same 
time in a non-scientific survey of 4 nurseries in this same area, it is the 
hosta that most people complain that they have to replace when returning to 
the same nursery.  Over two-thirds of the ballots naming this cultivar come 
from people living south of the Mason-Dixon Line!"

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