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Re: Shipping Hostas


I don't think it matters if you let the plant bloom or not.  I doubt that the
difference in growth was due to your cutting the flowers off.

Chick

Barbara & Morris wrote:

> To all,
> Hi my name is Barbara and am new to this list.  Thought I would just sit
> back and read your commentaries at first, but right away I have a question
> for Chick:  If you beleive that the act of producing a flower scape
> completes the cycle, would cutting off the flower scape when it is visible,
> but not yet blooming, affect that cycle?  Last year I cut off all but one
> flower scape on most of my plants, and I don't know if it had any direct
> affect, but my hostas have multiplied and matured in size al least 3 fold.
> Prior yrs., I left all flower scapes, and always wondered why my plants
> didn't grow!  Was it just their year to do their thing?  was it cutting off
> the flowers?  was it the Miracle Grow?
> Barbara
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Chick <bridgewd@annap.infi.net>
> To: hosta-open@mallorn.com <hosta-open@mallorn.com>
> Date: Tuesday, June 02, 1998 12:22 PM
> Subject: Re: Shipping Hostas
>
> >Butch
> >
> >I'm afraid I have to disagree with you on shipping.  We ship our plants in
> >containers, well moistened and never dried out.  Have been for nearly 20
> years,
> >and virtually never have complaints about fungus or rot (won't claim that
> we never
> >have complaints, but not about that).  Many of the plants I receive that
> have been
> >shipped bare root and have been allowed to dry fail to bloom the first
> year,
> >presumably from the stress.  And while I realize that few of us care much
> about
> >the flowers, it is the act of producing a flower scape that completes the
> life
> >cycle of the eye and causes the plant to multiply.  I know there are folks
> out
> >there that don't agree with me on this, but I maintain that if the plant
> doesn't
> >bloom, it's probably going to be a single again next year.  If you don't
> stress
> >the plant in packaging and shipping, it should bloom and multiply for next
> spring.
> >
> >Chick
> > www.bridgewoodgardens.com
> >
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