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Re: Hosta foliage types

  • Subject: Re: Hosta foliage types
  • From: "Bill Meyer" <njhosta@hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2001 08:42:21 -0000

Hi Joe,
          Jim Hawes did some experiments along these lines as he was in the
position of having a house in Florida as well as the one in Maryland. He's
probably reading this and preparing a reply, so I'll let him explain his
          Your turn at bat, Jim......

           Joe, what climate did the evergreen daylily species come from?
How do they perform in temperate climates? What happens when they are bred
with deciduous types? Do you think hosta show any similar characteristics to
daylily foliage?

.............Bill Meyer

----- Original Message -----
From: <halinar@open.org>
To: <hosta-open@mallorn.com>
Sent: Sunday, October 14, 2001 6:42 AM
Subject: Hosta foliage types

> In regard to the comments about cetain hostas looking better then
> others in the fall, do hostas have deciduous and non-deciduous foliage
> types like daylilies.  In daylilies we have deciduous types which are
> photoperiod induced and non-deciduous types which are not affected by
> photoperiod.  The non-deciduous types are further broken down into
> semi-evergreen and evergreen, although there is still considerable
> difference of opinion about excatly what these two terms mean.  When I
> look at hostas in the fall I see difference that might follow the
> daylily foliage type model, which can explain why some hosta foliage
> looks better in the fall.  However, I haven't seen any specific
> references to deciduous vs non-deciduous or differnece in temperature
> sensitivity of non-deciduous types in hostas.  Are there any hostas
> that will stay evergreen down in the South if they don't get freezing
> weather?
> Joe Halinar
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