plantaginea sports - are they worth the trouble?
My plantaginea turned out to be an Aphrodite, which turned out to have flowers that don't open. My Venus seems to be a poor specimen. It still had juvenile leaves in it's second year. (Both came from dedicated hosta growers.) I'm not looking to repeat these two plants.
However, how can you live in Texas with our March 1 to November 15 growing season, love hosta and not try to make Aphrodite and Venus work?
It looks like getting more of these plants is limited to Made in the Shade and Wade and Gatton. Wade has Venus listed as "OS" for $50.00. MITS has very reasonable prices on plantaginea, Aphrodite and Venus. W&G has reasonable prices on the other two.
Chris says there are some Aphrodite that open. He doesn't currently have any. If I interpreted what he said correctly, he seemed to think it was a bad strain of Aphrodite that had gone into tissue culture and had proliferated (the one that doesn't open).
The Aphrodite I have is Q&Z. It was supposed to be plantaginea. It could have really been a plantaginea that sported in TC. Or, it could have been mixed up at either Q&Z or the grower level.
So the questions are:
Does Venus grow well for you or anyone you know?
Does it bloom?
Have you known of an Aphrodite that has open blooms fairly regularly?
Would you avoid another Q&Z Aphrodite?
Would you expect a grower to know if the plant he sells, blooms with open blossoms?
Or, would you just get a real plantaginea, chunk the Aphrodite and the Venus if it's the same this year, forget the rest of them, and go on down the hosta road to the crosses?