Found a sport! Pretty!

dray67(7)May 28, 2012

I was at a garden center near Baltimore today and found a gold standard with a really pretty sport. It is in a 3 gallon pot with lots of eyes and a tight root ball. The eye with the leaves is pretty thick and has about 8 leaves the smaller leaves just have the yellow and white with out the dark green.

So I will need a lesson on the best way to fish it out of the others. Feel like I need and OR and a plastic surgeon to do it right.

Here is the potted plant

and if you follow this leaf down you see the eye

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Oh, I like it! That would be nice if it works out.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 3:47PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

check patriots fire and moonlight at the library ...

and i dont care what alex summers 'remembered' on PF.. this is a GS sport ... grew them next to each other for 12 years.. no difference ...


    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 3:48PM
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hosta_freak(z6 NC)

Very nice. The thing with sports is;you leave it for more than a year. Gold Standards sport all the time. Chances are it won't be back next year. I once had a streaked Gold Standard,that lasted for two years,then it reverted back to just another normal Gold Standard. I have a present one that has three colors,and I separated it this year,after observing it for 3 years. There's still no reason it will stay,but I keep hoping. Just a few thoughts before you get too excited,but it is interesting. Phil

    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 3:52PM
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hostared(Z5, IL)

Like Ken said. I also had one similar to yours. Came back for a few years then went right back to Gold Standard.
I've only had one good clump of streaking Gold Standards. I got 8 good size clumps from it. It has stayed streaking for 5 years and I'm sure it will stay. But sometimes I find solid green go figure. Leave it till next year then try to remove it. Good's pretty.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 4:26PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

what van wade would do.. is NOT separate it.. but cut off all the GS buds and leaves ... so that the only live bud is the sport ... just keep yanking them out.. no real cutting needed ...

and continue to do that.. until that bud takes over the crown ...

and i have never cut anything out of the middle of a hosta.. and got it to survive ...

and if you do nothing.. it will revert to GS


    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 5:40PM
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Oh Ken that sounds like the best plan but it will hard to start ripping at such a full mature plant. So leave it in the pot or plant in the garden?
It is pretty and I like the idea of having something original. It was $18.00 what the heck.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 7:07PM
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Cher(6 SW OH)

If it's that large, why not divide it in half? Keep half as what it is and do what Ken suggests with the other half. Just divide no where near the sport.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 7:13PM
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bernd ny zone5

You got an interesting conversation going.... It applies to me too.
I have a big H.'Antioch' which now for the second year has one eye with a very wide yellow/white border. the green center is less than one third... I think I will cut through the neighboring eyes to get at this eye, and once out will wash it and then cut off all leftovers of neighboring eyes. You could do it the same way. Good luck! Hostas are a lot of fun!

    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 7:53PM
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Like Ken said check Moonlight or Fire Opal.


    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 11:40PM
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thisismelissa(z4a-S Twin Cities MN)

I echo Ken and Paul.
Instantly, I sad, "Fire Opal"

    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 11:51PM
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