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Re: Winter Dormancy

  • Subject: Re: Winter Dormancy
  • From: "W. George Schmid" hostahill@Bellsouth.net
  • Date: Sat, 8 Jan 2005 13:50:19 -0500

You are right on.
A genus that gets between 70 and 110 inches of water, most of it in
August/September has to have WATER during our dry summers. No matter species
or cultivars. I did a similar experiment in the 1980s and put a number of
pots in 1' x 2' seed trays without holes and kept these full of water. The
sister plants were in the ground not watered in summer. You should have seen
the difference in growth rates. Your observations hit the nail on the head:
It is not temperature, but the lack of water during the summer growth cycle
that results in smaller plants. 1999-2002 were drought summers in Georgia.
Many hostas not watered went heat (summer) dormant, reduced their size
(trying to survive) and finally croaked. I lost over 100 of them (could not
water due to restrictions). You are right! George

W. George Schmid
Hosta Hill - Tucker Georgia USA
Zone 7a - 1188 feet AMSL
84-12'-30" West_33-51' North
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----- Original Message -----
From: "butch ragland" <wilddog_202@yahoo.com>
To: <hosta-open@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, January 08, 2005 12:39 PM
Subject: Re: Winter Dormancy

> George let me change to moisture. While I did not set
> this up in a pure scientific way I did enough work to
> draw strong conclusions.
> I suspended potted hosta in water 24-7 365 for 3 years
> in full sun. They did very well and showed little
> effect from the sun which normally causes leaf
> problems in July and August.
> I have come to believe that water is the single most
> important factor in Hosta culture. The problem that
> many growers do not understand about water with plants
> is consistancy. They are like babies who will starve
> in hurry without water. During hot windy summer days
> they may require daily watering to get near results
> that hobby gardeners want.
> --- "W. George " <hostahill@Bellsouth.net> wrote:
> > Hostas do fine in the South given enough summer
> > moisture.
> >But given plenty of moisture in late summer in
> southern regions seems to make up for the shorter
> winter cooling periods and earlier soil warm-up. Up
> north they may have enough "chilling" but if they dry
> out during the critical root growth period they suffer
> too.
> =====
> Butch Ragland
> Conflict is as addictive as
> cocaine, alcohol, cigarettes,etc
> I'm sorry to report that
> cooperation is not
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