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Re: Hosta In Pots / Dormancy

hey Margaret'luv ..er whoops, lil'Phil -- As I understand it? ..the magic 
temperature is "42 degrees Fahrenheit" i.e. above this, a hosta begins to 
grow; below this, plant goes/stays in dormancy <imho> = [in my honest opinion?]
                        BTW ...did I tell you? ..seed U-collected from that 
plant last Autumn ..the one you, Tom & I bought as a partnership? ..did not 
put up a single sprout -- Germination = ZILTS!!!  I've heard, that you dry 
your hosta-seeds in a microwave oven ...is this true? <lol>
wild'Bill "hickup"
ps...have you been dividing the partnership-plant in question and how many 
plants are we up to now pardner? <vbg>
= re:
At 01:39 PM 10/17/99 -0400, you wrote:
>For Hosta to complete the necessary dormancy phase,it appears that 6-8 weeks
>at temperatures below 40 degrees is necessary.
>I have had  no problem overwintering Hosta in pots here in zone 5 -outside
>and covered securley with waterproof tarping -northern exposure.
>This year I have acsess to one of my garages for storage, eliminating the
>need to tarp. I have 100+ plants in pots so the garage storage will be
>considerably easier.
>Question! I cannot guarantee the garage will give the dormancy temperatures
>I need. I am guessing that although nightime temperatures will be below 40
>degrees, I suspect daytime will be above 40 ie; plants will not be
>constantly below 40. How will this scenario affect dormancy and am taking a
>chance? What are the possible repercussions? How important is 40 degrees?
>Any comments are appreciated.
>Phil Little  Waterloo Ont.
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