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Opinions of "Andrew"?

Posted by MadPlanter1 5 Nebraska (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 28, 13 at 15:31

I picked Andrew up, mostly because of the name. The tag said medium, but I've also seen it described as Large and XL. If any of you grow it, what do you think of it? Does it like a good bit of sun or is it happier in mostly shade?

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RE: Opinions of "Andrew"?

I hope that your Andrew grows faster than the two that I have. Two years in the garden with little to no growth. No larger than a small in my garden. Hopefully others have had better luck with it. Phil

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Ouch- I've already got a Liberty that refuses to get bigger. Oh, well, at least it's cute and hasn't died.

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Andrew is painfully slow!

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  • Posted by Ludisia 7a Philadelphia (My Page) on
    Mon, Apr 29, 13 at 19:10

I have to agree with Phil and Melissa . . . Andrew is painfully slow (as far as putting on size from year to year), but holy cannoli is it gorgeous.

I purchased three separate plantings last year . . . two from Hostas Direct (which were basically 1st year liners) and then a third from Naylor (about 3 years old when I got it).

All three grew fine in high shade, no direct sun.

This year they came back fine. Only one of the small ones from Hostas Direct came back with more eyes. The one from Naylor came back with the same two eyes but the leaf variegation is much stronger this year, showing me more of the mature characteristics.

Here is a pic of the Andrew I got from Naylor last year, and then one I took today of the same plant



I see a lot of similarities between Golden Meadows and Andrew.

Both have that open white middle with the green apple splash between the white and dark blue margin. The leaves twist, ripple, and have corrugation at only the darkest parts of the margin.

They are different though in that GM comes up cream instead of bleach white and GM also greens up completely every year.

My Andrews last year did green up in the middle but it was not severe like GM . . . more of a gentle misting . . . and not all of the leaves did this.

Here again is the picture of the Andrew from Naylor


And then a picture of my Golden Meadows, also taken today


I’m not sure what the overall size of Andrew will be when mature. If I had to guess, I would say about the same size as GM, but slightly smaller, perhaps due to the stark white not moving to green by end of season.

Here are the other two Andrew I have from Hostas Direct. Pics taken today. These guys are itty bitty.



In the end, if you have the patience to baby it . . . I say go for it . . . if not . . . you can stick you head in a vice and slowly tighten . . . this will create the same sensation as watching Andrew grow.


RE: Opinions of "Andrew"?

I too bought Andrew in part for its name - my first born is Andrew. This is its first year and I too see the similarities with Golden Meadows (one of my absolute favourite Hostas). Mine is quite small as well. I am hoping, unlike Golden Meadows, that it will retain that light center colouring. Will be watching it closely.

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Here's a six year old Andrew

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My Golden Meadows goes straight to a green center in SNAP!

What I see Andrew looking like is Lionheart. I got one last year I think, and when it emerged this year I could not believe how it had changed. I liked it so much I ordered another one to see if the same thing happens next year. My reason is quite simple....I cannot grow the ones with WHITE CENTERS hardly at all. I love them, but they end up for the most part looking awful. I am thus very cautious about anything with white margins (they melt away) or white centers--with very few exceptions.

And Lionheart is a vigorous exception. If you have a problem with white middles and you NEED ONE, I suggest trying Lionheart.
on April 21 2014
on April 27 2014 with White Elephant (it does good too)
the last picture is May 31 2014
morning sun......I won't even try to grow Andrew!

RE: Opinions of "Andrew"?

All my white centered and white margined ones get Epsom salt in the Spring. Epsom Salt is magnesium sulfate which helps with photosynthesis and chlorophyll production. The older Andrew gets, the wider it's margin gets and the better it will grow.

I'm also happy to hear that Lionheart is a good grower as my Robin Hood has just sported one off and I'm looking forward to seeing how it progresses.

RE: Opinions of "Andrew"?

Thanks for the advice, guys! Andrew was in a fairly shady spot last year, but had still gone from 1 to 3 eyes. I was advised to move it to half sun, and it looks awful. One eye vanished after the move, and the others have raggedy leaves. Maybe it will all be worth it next year. If not, I bought Lionheart this year.


How much epsom salt? Do you mix it with water or just sprinkle it on?

RE: Opinions of "Andrew"?

MadPlanter, I'm lazy and very unscientific when it comes to measurements. I just sprinkle it around the pips when they are emerging and work it into the ground, basically just scratching the surface and allowing the Spring rains to do the rest.

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Sounds good to me. Easy is always good as long as it works.

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