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RE: What is it? (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: ctopher_mi on 06.13.2011 at 10:28 pm in Hosta Forum

I agree with buckeye that the solid green Striptease is basically just going all the way back to Hyacinthina.

A reversion is when a sport goes back to the parent plant. That doesn't mean it has gone to a solid color, but most people make that mistake and call solid colored sports "reversions". That is incorrect. A reversion is when a sport goes back to the original plant that it sported from. So June is a sport of Halcyon and most solid blue sports from June are just reversions back to Halcyon. But Striptease is a sport from Gold Standard so a reversion would be when a part goes back to looking like Gold Standard.

The other thing to note is that only sports can revert and if a plant is a hybrid then it can only sport.

Hope that helps a little.



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RE: If you don't want to listen to me, listen to Papou (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: jonnyb023 on 05.24.2014 at 01:43 pm in Hosta Forum

April 2007
� In the Spring 2004 I noted one slug on one of the leaf of Sun Power in Garden 5. It was the first time ever that I became aware that there were slugs in my gardens.
� After a day of heavy rain on July 16, 2004, I noted dozen of slugs all over the Sun Power and quit after removing and killing about 10 slugs. The Sun Power is infested with slugs.
� Following hints by BigGuy and Gayle, I found hundred of slugs on the lawn after a rainfall. The rain has forced the slugs to come out of the ground, and they travel over the grass.
� To destroy slugs, you can hand pick them and put them in a glass bottle containing about 2 inches of vinegar (acetic acid). The slugs die instantly. Liquid ammonia also is effective and even better because it creates nitrogen which plants love.
� You create "slugs baits" where slugs will be attracted to. Examples: 1) a carpet left on the ground near your compost pile; 2) a thick layer of wet newspaper again left on the ground in the vicinity of the compost pile (which is away from your hosta beds); 3) use Sluggo around each hosta and slugs that make it into the garden will be attracted to the Sluggo and when they eat it they die; 4) you sink a container filled with beer level with the ground. Slugs will enter the container and will drown. This beer setup can be also near the compost pile.
� After a rainfall, slugs are forced out of the ground and you can see them all over the lawn; they travel over the grass at whatever attracts them first�or the most. Eliminate these loose slugs by spot spraying the lawn with diluted ammonia. Attach a container filled with ammonia to the end of the hose and adjust the outlet so that water will mix with the ammonia in a 1 to 10 ratio approximately. This method is fast and efficient and provides nutrient to the lawn.
� After a rainfall is the best time to cut the grass. Keep it short. The new lawnmower picks up the grass clippings and may also suck in the slugs that were travelling on the grass.
Irene, here is part of an article by Bob Olsen of the American Hosta society. This was in the Hosta Journal a few years back.
Larry Clemmons, an accomplished hosta grower from Dubuque, had an almost slug-free gorgeous garden last year while many of his friends from nearby towns were being overrun. Unlike the beer and lightweight chemicals they were using, Larry was spraying the hosta once a week or so with a dilute solution of plain old ammonia. The slugs hate the ammonia and the plants love the nitrogen. He uses a regular inexpensive tank and nozzle sprayer and went over and down into each plant-and he has a lot of them. He sprays the hostas with a dilute (4:1 or even weaker) solution of water and household ammonia in the evening once a week-more often in the spring or with a lot of rain. It would take him no more than two hours a week and there were almost no slug holes. The folks visiting from Iowa City which was being inundated by mollusks were astounded by his lush foliage just a few miles away and many have adopted his system. Don'

Well, that should settle it. No one in their right mind would try to argue with the late hosta legend Papou.



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What I learned today; ammonia fertilizes hosta

posted by: jonnyb023 on 05.23.2014 at 10:07 pm in Hosta Forum

In addition to killing slugs, ammonia is broken down by bacteria and fungi into nitrogen and nitrites then into nitrates (the same fertilizer found in fish tank water) which fertilize plants. So when you spray a 10% solution of ammonia you will kill slugs (I don't have many, but I must have some) and the ammonia will be broken down into fertilizer for the hosta and other plants. Interesting.

I will be going out tomorrow and buying some ammonia and kill some slugs and fertilize the garden (dead slugs must be good fertilizer as well). Two birds with one stone. Hard to beat that.



clipped on: 05.24.2014 at 08:25 pm    last updated on: 05.24.2014 at 08:25 pm

question about hybridizing hostas

posted by: marric on 07.09.2013 at 10:48 am in Hosta Forum

I hybridize daylilies so I know about only hybridizing diploid to diploid and tetraploid to tetraploid. Do you have to do the same thing with hostas? If so how can you tell which is a diploid and which a tetraploid? Is there a database where I can find this information? Thanks.


clipped on: 01.18.2014 at 07:26 pm    last updated on: 01.18.2014 at 07:26 pm

Combination pics

posted by: miclino on 06.19.2013 at 11:00 pm in Perennials Forum

Would be great to see some pics of spring/early summer plant combinations, give the rest of us some new ideas. The only rules are, any pic has to have two or more perenials/shrubs. No flower closeups, there's enough of that on the internet :) I'll start.

Here is Amsonia blue ice with veronica and Achillea.
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Same bed on other side with Knautia thunder and lightning, dianthus etc. In the back but not yet blooming are coreopsis showstopper, Eupatorium pink frost, Helenium and several echinaceas.
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Maybe something you've never seen before...

posted by: funnthsun on 06.24.2013 at 07:21 pm in Trees Forum

OK, probably not. But unusual, I think so.

We have a golden weeping willow (which, by the way, has never weeped and its 5 years old) that seems to be a mutant. It has a separate completely different tree growing out of it. We bought it from Home Depot and noticed the "other" tree right away, but didn't really investigate for a while. We thought it was probably just a seedling growing in the same pot. Then, when we did, we quickly realized that it is actually a part of the willow. Very strange. I have been meaning to take a pic and get input from you guys on what you think is going on here, but, well, procrastination and all. Anyway, finally was able to get a few pics. What do you think?

In this pic, you can see the other guy peeking out of the top of the willow


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What in the world is wrong with this cotinus?

posted by: funnthsun on 06.23.2013 at 09:18 pm in Trees Forum

I literally just bought this guy. I received it on Friday and now, two days later, it is getting brown edges. I did notice the coloring was faded when I received it, but there was zero brown on it. It is not in the sun, either, but sitting under a tree, shaded, where I always put my new arrivals for acclimation. Any ideas?


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What's the perfect soil mix for a raised bed of echinaceas?

posted by: funnthsun on 06.11.2013 at 10:07 am in Soil Forum

I am adding a new raised bed that will have mostly echinaceas in it. The bed is quite large, here is a pic for visial help with this. Ignore the smaller stepped down area at the bottom right. The ech bed will be 16" deep. What would you recommend that I use in this bed to make echs the happiest? I have my own ideas, but I want to hear what others opinions are on this. Percentages or inches (if layered) would be helpful. Thanks so much!


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