Not what I expected!

hostasmith(5)August 15, 2013

I was out snooping around in one of the Hosta beds the other day and came upon this little leaf growing out of a H. Great Expectations. I looked through all the sports of this plant and did not see one that is all that similar. Would it be worth it to try to divide this out?


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Babka NorCal 9b

You need a whole eye like that first, not just one leaf. Then you need to see if it comes back next year looking like that so streaky and cool! Many hostas have a few weird leaves now and then, enough to get your heart beating faster, only to disappear the following year. Take notes to remind yourself to be watching that plant next Spring. (and keep your fingers crossed that it will!)


    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 12:12AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

the big leafs margin is too thin.. the little leafs too thick ...

it will sort itself out.. or die.. its choice.. not really yours.. lol ...


    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 7:11AM
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bernd ny zone5

One year one of my h. GE had an all-streaked second flush of leaves. The following year it was normal, is probably part of their growing up experience. Bernd

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 8:23AM
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josephines123 z5 ON Canada

"...of their growing up experience" ... I like that, Bernd! So true.....i find that some go through an awkward stage, like children do :-) , but they all do one thing or another, at one time or another, to stand out...then they blend in again....I just LOVE these little surprises...bonus if the plant decides to "sport" ...I still haven't done anything about both June sports...they are growing nicely together...sweet harmony.'s a question for you..I hope you return to read your experience, can you say that any hosta that starts to grow a solid colour, and continues in subsequent years, will eventually end up a solid colour? Perhaps this should be a sep. post?

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 8:53AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

yes.. i will answer it.. in its own post.. with a searchable title ....


    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 9:10AM
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idiothe(4 MN)

Just chiming in, Devon... agreeing with previous comments... Great Ex is one of those that will show lots of variation on the same plant. You can expect to see wider and narrower centers and sometimes streakiness on the same plant as long as it grows -

and I hope you are one of those for whom GE becomes a showpiece and not a little tombstone in the garden!

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 12:17PM
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josephines123 z5 ON Canada long have you had your GE? Does age of a plant have any bearing on the appearance of sports? I have two GE's...a lovely 2-yr. old and a dwindling-recently-potted-up one but-showing-progress nevertheless. It will be interesting to watch this one grow now that you've discovered a sport.

I realized, too late, that my June reference in my earlier post was side-tracking yours. For that I apologize. I shall endeavour to be more cognizant of subject of posting.


    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 3:26PM
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