Should I be in a different group, one that is more for the
amateur, or do you experts not mind if someone like me chimes in on occasion
Everyone here is learning. Please stay right here,
and please contribute.... we're all unique....
And I write:
If you can bare with us while we get off on
tangents from time to time, there actually are many WONDERFUL
tidbits about the genus Hosta that can be gleaned from the discussions
e.g. A few things I have learned here this past year.
1) A lot about Hosts sports - sectoral, mericlinal and
periclinal chimeras. Probably not in everyone's daily vocabulary, but if
you grow Hostas long enough, sports will start to show up in various places and
you may be intrigued by these unusual changes. Much Q & A takes place
on this topic.
2) Clarifications on names (including taxonomic
info). There are 2-3K of registered Hostas (about 2,700 last time I
checked, but the yr. 2K registrations are NOT in that number).
Names and identification are very important, particularly to those either buying
or selling Hostas. We enjoy the presence of some of the world's leading
authorities on the proper naming, identification and taxonomy of
3) Breeding/Hybridizing - Some of the world's most renowned
Hybridizers participate on this list. Many of us have Hosta beds that
are tributes to these folks and the wonderful plants that have at least come
into existence, if not into the market, because of their efforts.
We're also learning how to raise our own seedlings just so we can say we've done
it, to register something ourselves, or just for fun. And, some here
have already mastered the art a long time ago! If you haven't
gotten the bug, hang in there a little while and you will.
4) Pests, Predators, and Diseases. From that thug the
slug, to deer, cutworms, squirrels, nematodes, virii, crown rot and more;
it's all discussed here. Often,
suggestions for curative measures are offered and so far these have been
all free of charge!
5) Suggestions to optimize growth. Many who participate
here grow world class Hostas, i.e. there are no better specimens to be found
anywhere than in their garden. Even if that is not your goal, tips
and tricks to optimize Hosta growth, yes, and even survival, are frequently
6) Jokes, arguments and egos, not necessarily in that
order. Because this is an open list, there will be some of this
interspersed between the Hosta info. Believe it or not, I think this is a
big part of what keeps people coming back; kind of like a soap opera.
Who's saying what to whom and getting themselves in trouble this
week? (I have determined that you can count on me to be getting
into trouble most every week--kind of like Dennis the Menace. Who needs
the comic strips when you have the Hosta-Open?)
7) And other stuff I haven't mentioned, like genetics, views
from those who participate who are from another country (or another
hemisphere!), polyploidy, Hosta shows and conventions, newsletters, new
Hosta clubs, links to web resources, ad infinitum...
8) and last but not least, the presence of some very fine
Hosta folks!!! Fortunately, the one being a numskull
today will be tomorrow's genius, or vice-a-versa. How exciting!
So, as you can see, Peggy, this list is quite the Hosta
resource and we need all manner of folks to participate. You may want
to lurk, have just limited input, post volumes, or from time to
time, you may even want to quit the list because of circumstances beyond your
control. However, I believe that if you choose NOT to be
involved, some very valuable information will be
On a scale of 1-10 regarding our personal Hosta
knowledge, all of us started at "1" at some time in our
lives... The more questions you ask, the higher your score!