I took a walk in the garden this morning and there
is a very strong relationship between exposure to the open night sky and how
well my hostas hold up late in the season. Even longipies in exposed areas are
going dormant fast and it's hard to tell one cultivar from another.
I have had two nights at 26f here in Delaware (zone
7) and all of my hostas except those under the heaviest tree canopy are
fading fast. There seems to be very little difference in cultivar response to
temps that low. Hostas with plantaginea in their background seem to take on a
more watery look as they melt down going dormant.
I'm sure low above freezing temps and short days
like Ben has had has a lot different effect on hostas going dormant that a few
night temps at 26F.
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Sent: Monday, October 15, 2001 8:17 AM
Subject: Re: Still looking good ??
About half od my hostas are still looking great..the
other half have
yellowed and gone downhill very quickly. Aside from a few
exceptions, in my garden it seems to be more related to
temps..The ones in more sun are more