I personally believe you can have "batches" of hostas that do not grow,
perform no matter what you do. I have finally found a few Great
Expectations, after trying many over the last 6-7 yrs., that are doing
I also find that sometimes they simply need a couple of years to settle in,
make roots and feel at home before strutting their stuff, in my case, an example
would be ventricosa aureo marginata. I got a nice huge piece from a friend
that looked great, but this year (3rd.yr.) is unreal!
In the last few years, I find some come out of winter dormancy better than
others, and there is no rhyme or reason as to their behavior and in
subsequent yrs. they catch up. I think I lamented over the appearance of
my old Green Piecrust 2 yrs. ago, saying the leaves were not as big as the yr.
before. Well last yr. she was a beauty, and this yr. half the clump is
great the other half has baby leaves....time for some rejuvanation I think on
Anyways, when it comes to new hostas, especially grown on from TC, and
bought young, ya never know , is my thinking! It can be a lemon or it can
be gold! They keep ya guessing all the time, and its great to have people
to compare notes with as to their habits!