Help choosing smalls please.

ConnieMay(6a - Canada)May 21, 2012

I am looking for advice on the following varieties: Trifecta, Fantasy Island, Tropical Storm & Little Sunspot. The nurseries don't tend to get a lot of the smaller varieties (or they sell out quickly) but I have found these ones. Are they all fantastic and I should have all four?

I have Maui Buttercups and Rainforest Sunrise - so I thought Tropical Storm would be a good addition to make it a trio. My only issue is that I think I got the only plant that did not have some eyes that were reverting to all chartreuse. Is TS not stable?

Trifecta has beautiful leaves. Judging by some of the photos, it looks like it will get lighter as the season progresses. Does it look as good in your garden later in the season? If not, can I prevent it from changing colour by putting it in lower light?

Little Sunspot is the most vigorous in the pot, although all four are a nice size. It reminds me of Rainforest Sunrise but I think that it will be taller and have more green.

And finally, Fantasy Island... if you love this plant and I would be a fool not to have it, please tell me now. This is the one closest to being stroked off of the list.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Connie May

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hosta_freak(z6 NC)

Of the 4,I have only grown Fantasy Island,and Little Sunspot. Little Sunspot is a vigorous grower and always looks cheerful. Fastasy Island grew well for awhile,but this year has almost disappeared. I would not recommend it. Just MHO,you understand. Phil,in NC.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2012 at 8:52PM
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ConnieMay(6a - Canada)

Thank you hosta freak. Unless it looks as gorgeous as GE I'm not really interested in having to baby it.

Connie May

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 6:16AM
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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b


I just bought and planted Fantasy Island, so I can't give you an opinion about it. I do have Tropical Storm and like it very much. Growth is good. Colors are beautiful. It's my favorite small Hosta.


    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 7:09AM
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I was looking at the list of nurseries which give the new member $15 off for joining American Hosta Society. One of them is in NH, and it is Mason Hollow. Check them out. I think I saw a good many of the small guys, which were out of stock in other places. One that I ordered was Little Jay PPAF. And then I also got White Dove (I call my house White Dove so it was a personal thing).

Some of their plants are also available in one- and two-gallon sizes.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 6:09PM
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irawon(5a Ottawa)

I have no problem recommending 'Little Sunspot'. Great hosta. I planted 'Fantasy Island' last summer because I had heard it was an improvement on 'Island Charm'. I love IC and reserve my opinion on FI until it has unfurled and survived in my garden this year. Last year it was a slug magnet. This year I applied the ammonia drench and we will see the results, hopefully good.

I wish it were easier to post pictures on this website. I think there would be more forthcoming.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 7:42PM
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Ira, I'm going to put a link for you below. It is a free editor of pictures, even batch rename. Don't know about batch resize. I don't resize myself.

But, it's free and cheap at half the price. Highly recommended in many places.

Here is a link that might be useful: Irfanview

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 8:36PM
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irawon(5a Ottawa)

Here's 'Little Sunspot in my garden.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 10:00PM
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