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xuling
Windsor, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 24, 2010
6:51 PM

Post #7734079

this little guy did nothing for the first two years so i moved it this past fall. and now it is not only growing like crazy (still small) but the markings and colorings are showing up quite nicely also. Xuling

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xuling
Windsor, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 24, 2010
6:52 PM

Post #7734081

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hostajim1
Port Orchard, WA
(Zone 8a)

April 24, 2010
7:50 PM

Post #7734242

xuling, very nice color!! Jim

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 24, 2010
8:52 PM

Post #7734410

Looking Good. Must admit, I had to think carefully to figure out which hosta you were talking about.
xuling
Windsor, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 27, 2010
5:01 PM

Post #7743310

this STGN has about doubled in size in 3 days. and getting more colorful. xuling

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 27, 2010
8:24 PM

Post #7743909

My STGN is not yet unfurled but is up to 18 eyes from only a handful last year.
xuling
Windsor, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 28, 2010
4:35 PM

Post #7746318

can you define an "eye" for me ViolaAnn. I think that I have an idea but would like a more definitive description. Thanks, Xuling

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 28, 2010
6:39 PM

Post #7746777

I found this - http://www.creativehomemaking.com/gardening/dividing-hostas.shtml

[quote]In the spring, when things are just beginning to warm up and the soil is still cool and moist, hosta lovers go out to count eyes. Gently uncover your hosta beds to reveal the green nubs poking through the soil. Each nub is called an eye, and it is the beginning of a complete set of hosta leaves.

There are two reasons to count hosta eyes. The first and most important is simply so you can take joy in how much your hostas have grown, and so that you can anticipate how beautiful they will be in a couple of months. The more eyes a hosta has, the larger diameter the clump will be.

The second reason to count hosta eyes is to decide if it is time to divide some of them. When you go out to count hosta eyes, it's also a good time to do a little hosta maintenance.

If you are considering moving your hosta, this is the best time to do it. When choosing a new location, remember that hostas are shade and water-loving plants. Before you move the plant, dig a hole in the new location and mix in some good compost. Make sure the soil is moist. Then, dig up the entire hosta bunch and replant it. Make sure that the roots don't dry out in the process, and be careful not to bury the crown, and you're good to go.

This is also a good time to split hostas. You don't have to split them and they don't get overcrowded like some plants. Hostas just get bigger and bigger. But splitting is a good way to expand your hosta bed, or to share with friends. It really depends on the variety and personal preference when deciding when to split hostas. I recommened waiting at least 4 or 5 years so you can experience some of the beauty each unique plant.

Before you split a hosta, prepare the new plant location as above. Then dig up the plant. With a very sharp knife that has been dipped in an anti-fungal powder or bleach mixture, cut the crown into smaller pieces. Each eye will produce a plant, but the new plant will take longer to get established with fewer eyes. Two to six eyes is better, and larger pieces are fine. Dust the cut pieces with antifungal or rinse in a bleach solution, and replant. Make sure the roots don't dry out in the process.

When you move or split hostas, it can take them a year or so to completely reestablish themselves.

Other early spring hosta maintenance includes cleaning the bed and fertilizing. Remove old leaves, mulch and debris. Add a mild dressing of compost or fertilizer to the soil, and you're done.

In fact, you're pretty well done for several months. Hostas are very easy to care for. They only thing they really want is a cool, shady area with lots of water.

If, however, you live in a cold-weather region, you might recover your hosta eyes with fresh mulch to protect them from late frost. Mulching helps retain water in the warmer months, anyway.

That first nice day in spring, when things are still mucky in the garden, go out and count hosta eyes and do a little basic maintenance. In just a couple of months your hostas will be completely open and you'll be enjoying their beauty.

Article Source: http://www.homesteadarticles.com

Jerry Van Der Kolk has been involved directly with the Horticulture Industry for over 20 years. He now devotes his time to growing hard-to-find hostas for hosta collectors via his popular website http://www.DirectSourceHostas.com.[/quote]
xuling
Windsor, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 28, 2010
7:21 PM

Post #7746904

Nice article. Thank you ViolaAnn. My dyslexic mind posted a Bearded Iris thread in the Roses Forum. Is there some way to copy that into the BI Forum rather than re-crop and re-size the photos and start again? Thanks. Xuling
SilkKnoll
Tuskegee, AL
(Zone 8a)

July 19, 2012
9:46 PM

Post #9212044

Beautiful shoots, Xuling!

Even though it's one of my favorites, that abbreviation did make my mental gears grind until I checked the label in the pic!

IMO, this is the most complex pattern in minis.

I treasure mine especially because Jim Anderson (originator) gave it to me it right after he chose the name. He still chuckled at it (I do, too!) because it not only continues the country-song theme of its parent (or great-grandparent) Cheatin' Heart, it also describes it perfectly.

Incidentally, I would love to trade for Cheatin' Heart and Stolen Kiss. I want to have the whole family, but I somehow lost my Cheatin' Heart, and I haven't come across Stolen Kiss yet. Not all of my hostas are listed, but I promise good trades for them -- or for other interesting minis.

Thanks for this thread, OP!!

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