Since the temperatures have reduced and the rainfall has increased the Hostas have perked up no end, so I thought I would put together some pictures to show you how several of them have improved. Before this weather break some of them were really suffering.
Here are 2 new photographs of a small cutting from the propagator. Originally this was a stem with some leaf of a Krossa Regal which had the tiniest bit of node at the end of it. Now you can see that the stem as died completely back and the resultant node has grown a new growth shoot. In the propagator it looked like a dead stem, once we removed the module low and behold a lovely new plantlet. This is now going back into the propagator for a few more days to strengthen up and then we will bring out and pot on.
Another one of the new arrivals is Praying Hands looks more like a clump of grass than the traditional Hosta with its glossy green twisted leaves on upright stems with a very narrow white border. This makes a very striking unusual sight when several are grouped together.
Position: Sun, Partial Shade
Thought I’d start introducing some of the new additions we have received. This is another nice little Hosta which looks great in person – Rock Island Line. It has started to settle down after we received them a week ago and potted them up.
Hosta Rock Island Line is a tiny Hosta with sharp contrasting creamy white margin. Leaves are slightly shiny on the top, flat, ovate, rounded at base, with green stems. This is a great grower and is ideal for ground coverage or in pots.
Height: 15 – 20cm
Spread: 30 – 40cm
Position: Partial Shade
Its been a couple days now, so here is a quick look to see how the plants are settling down.
Well as promised here are some photographs about receiving a shipment from our supplier. We took lots of photographs, so I won’t put all on as it would be like watching paint dry. I’ll show you how they arrive, and then putting 2 varieties in their pots. You’re so Vain and Sapphire Pillows.
Damaged Box Potted Whirlwinds Devon Greens Potted Praying Hands Potted Junes Payring Hands June Pamela Lee Potted Touch of Class Touch of Class Snow Boy Little Helper Potted Sapphire Pillows Sapphire Pillows Sapphire Pillows Sapphire Pillows Sapphire Pillows Sapphire Pillows Sapphire Pillows Potted You’re so Vein You’re so Vein You’re so Vein Potted Mouse Capades Mouse Capades Snapped Whirlwinds Damaged Whirlwinds Damaged Whirlwinds Damaged Whirlwinds Hostas as arrived Hostas as arrived.
Well as promised here are some of the photographs of the Patriots after doing their 2 week time in the propagator. They have all now been planted on into new 1 Litre Pots. We will keep a close eye on them and see how they develop. Their slots have now been taken up with a divided Limey Lisa, some remnants of Rock Island Line, 1 remaining section of Patriot and a Krossa Regal.
Well there we have it. Finished potting up the delivery. Over 160 plants. It turned out that in the end only 1 bundle of Whirlwinds was damaged, and a little damage here and there, so a much better result than the expected 5 sets. I’ll put some photographs here later after a sit down and a cup of coffee. Mike
Hostas finally arrived at 5.45pm. We have managed to pot on about a third of them, but time is running out. The box received was damaged and 5 of the bundles of Hostas have been damaged so we won’t be able to place them for sale this year, but I am confidant that we can nurse them over the winter and they will make wonderful plants next year.
While I wait for the delivery, thought I’d give you a little sneak peak into something we are working on. This is a small new fully formed Patriot waiting in the propagator ready for potting up. Once we get the delivery sorted I’ll put some more photographs of some of the newly formed Hostas.