Wolverine's Placement/Growth ?

mary4b(4b WI)June 6, 2014

My Wolverine looks like a parking lot hosta...those ones that get burned and no one cares for them. I THOUGHT this one could handle some sun, but I have it near a Moonlight, Guacamole and Grand Tiara...all of them are healthy and happy with midday sun, shade in the morning and afternoon. Wolverine got sunburned and has been hanging his head ever since...
I have another one that is doing "ok" in filtered sun. Funny thing is, these hostas were GORGEOUS when I bought them in a pot, I couldn't leave them behind. They have hardly grown at all...it's been at least 4 years, I think. Any thoughts on Wolverine's growth/placement, etc?

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josephines123 z5 ON Canada

Mary, since I'm in zone 5, I'm close enough to offer my two cents. :-) For three years I grew a beautiful Wolverine. It had sun exposure from sun-up till around 1:00 p.m. It was a vigorous grower. If you reverse the conditions you should have a happy Wolverine - avoid sun for the hottest part of the day.

Mine did not return this spring after our brutal winter but I've happily replaced it. :-)


    Bookmark   June 6, 2014 at 12:31AM
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irawon(5a Ottawa)

Mine gets south western sun but no midday sun. Also gets lots of water. I have mine planted near Guacamole as well.
Perhaps more water might help to compensate for the intense midday heat... what do you think? My Lakeside Dragonfly lies down during midday heat but perks right up with watering.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2014 at 12:38AM
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My Wolverine still (I will move) has noon sun. She does not like it. She has whitish and a lot of melted edges.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2014 at 1:42AM
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paula_b_gardener 5b_ON(5b)

My Wolverine hasn't grown all that much but it is healthy. It gets dappled shade but the problem that I have is that it is too close to a Maple tree. I will have to dig it out and replant with a spin out bag and see if that makes a difference next year.

The first year it had 5 eyes and the following year it had 28 eyes! The following two years were 22 and 21 respectively, so definitely root competition.



    Bookmark   June 6, 2014 at 3:07AM
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hosta_freak(z6 NC)

I have a couple of Wolverines,and mine is in dappled shade all the time. They grow well,but its biggest enemy here is weather. It is always one of the first to come up every year,and every year gets frozen,and this year,in particular,we had that April 15th freeze that nearly wiped them out! I will leave them where they are,but have to keep an eye out for freezes. Phil

    Bookmark   June 6, 2014 at 9:21AM
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mary4b(4b WI)

Thanks everyone, I am going to move both of my Wolverines to the east side of my house, dappled shade area. Thank you for all the pictures, I absolutely love the look of this hosta, so it will be worth it to try and make it happy!

    Bookmark   June 7, 2014 at 9:42PM
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