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Re: Samurai/Frances Williams

In a message dated 10/22/98 12:36:45 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
acahanes@frontiernet.net writes:

<< In fact I went to a garden center towards the end of this summer and
 bought two
 more FW that were really good size in the bigger pots.  Now these had
 been sitting
 out in full sun for months without any burning of the edges at all.
 Could it be possible >>


there is a theory that burn is a function of water, or lack thereof....in a
good nursery they might water 2 or 3 or 4 times a day....and hence have no

in your garden...there are 2 factors....one is water and the other is
maturity.....which is also a water issue.....

first, if you have a juvenile plant i would suspect that it does not have the
root capacity to support the leaf mass....so it will burn.....now once that
plant is 3 to 5 years old and hits  or nears maturity....the root mass CAN
support the plant...so the risk of burn is reduced.....obviously the siting of
the plant or the amount of dirct sun is another factor, as it affects not only
transpiration [is that the right term]...the loss of water through the
leaf....but also the effect of drought.....which bring me to the second

secondly.....i dont care how careful you are.....you cant keep up with drought
in your yard....i can not water as efficiently nor as deeply as a
nursery......i usually dont even notice the effects of drought until......the
plants scorch....i mean...if you water one inch down...one would have to
believe that the feeder roots are 12 to 18 inches down....so unless you are
growing in a pot, how do you get water down to where the plant is getting
it???  if you have an answer which doesnt involve paying the city thousands of
dollars for water, i would greatly appreciate hearing how.....now, if i only
had a well....

so i would look at the fw issue as a sign of how good a gardener you
are.....if you can grow it well you are a master....if you cant....well then
you are just like most other gardeners.......frankly....i like the
challenge.....besides....it is a great story to tell visitors about...on
infinitum, ad nauseum.......until their ears bleed and they running screaming
from the yard...."ENOUGH ABOUT HOSTA FOR CRYING OUT LOUD"......this is how you
tell real friends....whether or not they can listen, with interest, to all
your ramblings about a single genus.....personally....i dont have many friends
left, who want to listen....lol


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