Does Anyone Grow Blue Ivory?

casey1gwApril 3, 2013

I bought some even though I'm not familiar with it so I was wondering if anyone had any opinions about it

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dgregory_so.cntrl.IL_zone6a

A quote from the hosta alphabet string for "Hosta B 2012" by irawon (z 5b Ottawa): "Blue Ivory has been a slow grower."

Also, in the Hosta B string were lovely pics of young Blue Ivory by tepelus (Karen) (z 6a Ohio) and sandyslopes (z 5 Utah).

Gorgeous hosta and that's all I know about that,
Deb

Here is a link that might be useful: Hosta B 2012

    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 4:49PM
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paul_in_mn(4b)

hey casey1, bought one thru local hosta society in 2009. Blue Ivory has been a slow grower for me, but I love the colors. Here is pic from May 2012. El Nino which has similar colors (and maybe a narrower margin) maybe grows better.

Paul

    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 4:52PM
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casey1gw

Thank you so much for your help. The pictures are beautiful but if it's that slow, I may return it.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 5:36PM
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Babka NorCal 9b

I love it! Got a 2-eye in 2009 and this year I just counted 13 eyes. Here's a photo from last year.

It is about identical to Great Escape. When I put the two next to each other I cannot tell the difference.

-Babka

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 12:36AM
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don_in_colorado

Wow, Babka that's a beautiful plant. Slow-or-fast-grower, it just got added to my wish list.

Don B.
Westminster, CO.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 1:10AM
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MadPlanter1 zone 5

So far Blue Ivory hasn't done much; I've had better luck with Great Escape. They're both young plants, though, so things might change.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 6:07AM
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ninamarie(4Ont.)

Very slow in my garden, but very beautiful. The colours are eye catching. It's not invincible, but it certainly isn't a slug magnet. I must look up 'Great Escape', I wonder if there is a difference in growth rate.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 8:48AM
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irawon(5a Ottawa)

I was just over at the Hosta Registry. Both Blue Ivory and Great Escape are sports of Halcyon. They may be the same plant registered under different names. Great Escape was registered by J. van den Top in 2006 and Blue Ivory by L. Klinkhamer in 2009. I don't have Great Escape but I would think that both coming out of Halcyon, they would have the same growth rate all growing conditions being equal. Hallson's advises to keep BI well shaded as the white edge is viridescent. The margin of my BI has never developed green coloring. Yes, BI is slow growing but some things are worth waiting for.

Babka, that's a lovely large clump, so I guess growing it well can be done.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 10:39AM
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casey1gw

I actually went to get Rainforest Sunrise because I read about it here but I couldn't find it so I picked up the Blue Ivory. (5 large single eyes) Because it's so slow, I'm not sure if I should return it for the RS.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 8:12AM
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MadPlanter1 zone 5

Are you kidding? FIVE eyes? I'm still waiting for my third eye. Hang onto it!

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 9:44AM
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calistoga_al

About a month ago I bought five roots in a box from Costco, Blue Ivory. All about 6 inches high already and very pretty. When do they begin growing slowly? Al

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 10:04AM
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Babka NorCal 9b

Casey1- You NEED Rainforest Sunrise too!

-Babka

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 1:05PM
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don_in_colorado

Keep 'Blue Ivory' AND acquire 'Rainforest Sunrise'! Problem solved!

Don B.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 5:05PM
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newhostalady Z6 ON, Canada

Calistoga: Last year I bought a bag of bare root hostas from Costco that were labelled "Blue Ivory." None of them were Blue Ivory. It is suspicious if they are growing that well. It would be good to post a picture of them to help positively ID them. Please keep that in mind.

Casey1: When you said you got a plant with five eyes, did you mean you have one plant that has five eyes or five separate hosta plants with one eye each?

This post was edited by newhostalady on Fri, Apr 5, 13 at 17:45

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 5:17PM
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