Tell me about your Empress Wu

gardenfanatic(MO zone5b)January 31, 2012

Is she a good grower? What about her leaf substance?

Pictures would be great! Thanks,

Deanna

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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

Here's my first year plant in August. The white stuff is Liquid Fence. You can see from the new growth in the middle that this one just kept adding new leaves all year.

I think the Empress is an outstanding grower. My first year plant probably tripled in size. The leaf substance is probably a little better than average. I didn't have any slug problems with mine. Those holes are from falling sticks.

Here's what a mature plant looks like (Adams Garden):

Steve

    Bookmark   January 31, 2012 at 6:45AM
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franknjim

Here's my first year planted 8-13-09. It was quite small.

Second year 5-11-10.

Last year 6-29-11.

Another pic from last year. It got about 4 feet wide. The big one in the background is 7 feet wide x 3 feet tall.

It does set viable seed. It had about 50 seedlings surrounding it last year. Empress Wu is supposed to be green but mine pretty much stays blue until late in the season. It only gets early morning sun.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2012 at 11:11AM
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hostamanphil

I do not have Empress Wu.Jeff Miller gifted me some seeds of Empress Wu x Christmas Tree Gala.Here is a pic at 6 months.Keeping my fingers crossed that I could end up with a streaked giant.Phil

    Bookmark   January 31, 2012 at 3:17PM
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bernd ny zone5

Here is my Empress Wu in May 20, 2011, unfurling her leaves which became larger than 10x10. I planted her in 2009 as a plant with several eyes. In 2010 I replanted her under a pear tree in shade, and she is doing well, also no slug attack.
Bernd

    Bookmark   January 31, 2012 at 6:27PM
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gardenfanatic(MO zone5b)

Frank, impressive pictures!!

Phil, that's a 6 mo old seedling?? Wow!

The more I see, the more I like. :-)

Deanna

    Bookmark   February 3, 2012 at 12:06AM
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almosthooked

I am so excited ! Myrle has got one for me as a gift from her trip to the USA and she said to save room for it. She won't tell me the other surprises so will have to wait until the week-end. She knows mine as well as her own so is like the good step mother and what and where to plant. I am so lucky. Only a few more sleeps and will be just like Christmas in April

    Bookmark   April 18, 2012 at 12:59PM
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bernd ny zone5

Phil, with those large new leaves it might become a huge one. Wow, that would be a great streaked creation. I have to read Jeff's seed website in October when I plan to start again. Right now I have OP seedlings from 4 of his streakers, only small.
Bernd

    Bookmark   April 18, 2012 at 1:13PM
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CindyCRNA(6a)

I just planted my first 2 but everyone seems to have fabulous luck with them so I am preemptively excited!

    Bookmark   April 19, 2012 at 9:56AM
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bannyrooster

just bought one and waiting for delivery. all the pics have me very excited. pardon me, im new to the site....hello all.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2012 at 5:42PM
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franknjim

Mine starting on her third full year. Some of the leaves are already up to 16" wide. It is also currently taller than my giant Samual Blue. I have never seen any hosta gain size as fast as this one.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2012 at 6:09PM
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Gesila(MI Z5)

This is one of 2 Empress Wu's in her second year. Last year on April 22, her largest leaf was 11 x 9. Almost a year later, her largest leaf is 15 X 11.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2012 at 7:20PM
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jan_on zone 5b

Frank -- stand back and watch her leap. What an impressive show she is putting on!

Bannyrooster -- welcome aboard -- hope you like it well enough here to stick around! There's lots to be learned, and some laughs thrown in too! Enjoy.
Jan

    Bookmark   April 19, 2012 at 7:21PM
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gardenfanatic(MO zone5b)

Bannyrooster - welcome to the hostaholics forum...er, I mean the hosta forum!

Frank - impressive! Did you keep any of the volunteer seedlings last year?

Deanna

    Bookmark   April 19, 2012 at 7:52PM
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franknjim

I left the seedlings where they were. I think a couple of them have shown back up this year. I get quite a few seedlings coming up all over and I am trying not to become too attached to all of them since I am limited on space. I am hoping to use EW pollen with Ice Age Trail and Savannah Supreme as pod parents this year if things work out time wise. Otherwise I will be saving the pollen and storing it for next year.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2012 at 8:18PM
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