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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

RE: Opinions of "Andrew"?

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

RE: Opinions of "Andrew"?

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.


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