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RE: What makes the difference?

  • Subject: RE: What makes the difference?
  • From: "Helen" <msbucky@home.com>
  • Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2001 14:11:34 -0400
  • Importance: Normal

I was thinking... perhaps the time of year may have something to do with it? In spring, the plants are concentrating on new leaves, followed by blooming. If you get the order late in the summer or early fall, the plants are concentrating on growing their root systems, not on putting on new growth.  Also, depending on the nursery they came from, some grower's have been suffering from extremes of heat and drought this year, and no doubt their plants have felt the affects as well...
-----Original Message-----
From: owner-hosta-open@mallorn.com [mailto:owner-hosta-open@mallorn.com]On Behalf Of Margaret Streckenbach
Sent: Tuesday, September 04, 2001 1:57 PM
To: hosta-open@mallorn.com
Subject: RE: What makes the difference?

I have noticed this also.  How did the roots compare on your two sets of plants?   What about plant maturity?
I received 2 orders from the same place.  Both times, plants were young, and a little abused looking.  Now, you may be wondering why I ordered the second time...  Well, their prices were cheap, and once the plants were put into the ground, they took off like rockets, doubling in size.
In another order around the same time, the plants were several years old, and nice looking.  I planted them, and they did nothing, or in some cases, had some leaves die.
I am wondering, at least in my case if this should be chalked up to the scraggly plants being put in my loamy soil, and being so happy that they were loved, that they just took off.
Maybe they were BAP-ed, not sure...
What were your plants like Alttara?
 -----Original Message-----
From: owner-hosta-open@mallorn.com [mailto:owner-hosta-open@mallorn.com]On Behalf Of Alttara Scheer
Sent: Sunday, September 02, 2001 8:46 PM
To: hosta-open@mallorn.com
Subject: What makes the difference?

I ordered some hostas a while back, from two different nurseries. A number of different hostas, all planted in the same new bed, which was prepped well beforehand. All of the hostas from one of the nurseries have put on new growth, some a tremendous amount, and all of the hostas from the other nursery are either just sitting there, or lost leaves to transplant shock. They were mailed on the same day, from both places, and received on the same day.

So, what makes the difference? What does one nursery do that another doesn't, to make their plants take off so well, or not? Could it be cultural/environmental, like, where the hostas came from, geographically?

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