Hosta of the Day 'Red October' - Post Your Pics

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Hosta of the Day 'Red October' - Post Your Pics

Postby ViolaAnn » Sep 06, 2011 6:37 am

'Red October' was a gift from a friend spring 2007. It had a rough beginning when the soil in one of my older gardens proved to be too heavy; so I ended up putting it in a clay pot for a year to dry out. Amended the garden with lots of sand and compost and it's doing well now.

Registry - http://www.hostaregistrar.org/detail.php?id=5310&Variety=Red%20October

MyHostas - http://myhostas.be/db/hostas/Red+October

Hosta Library - http://www.hostalibrary.org/r/redoctober.html

This picture from July 15.
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Re: Hosta of the Day 'Red October' - Post Your Pics

Postby redcrx » Sep 06, 2011 6:50 am

Here is my oldest - bought in 2009.
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Re: Hosta of the Day 'Red October' - Post Your Pics

Postby ViolaAnn » Sep 06, 2011 10:03 am

You're a couple of weeks ahead of us. I took a look at mine this morning and it has large buds but no flowers yet.
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Re: Hosta of the Day 'Red October' - Post Your Pics

Postby gesila9 » Sep 09, 2011 7:51 pm

Red October was my first red stemmed hosta. Second year in my garden. I got this one from Chris!

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I love the color of the leaves during the early summer. I planted a red begonia next to it so I could tell it apart from One Man's Treasure (without looking at the tags) that's down the hill.

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Re: Hosta of the Day 'Red October' - Post Your Pics

Postby ViolaAnn » Sep 09, 2011 10:16 pm

So, can you identify what the big differences are between RO and OMT? I love the first pic showing its red legs.
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Postby gesila9 » Sep 09, 2011 11:41 pm

LOL, no can't tell them apart yet, hence the red begonia :) I think Red October's leaves will be longer (and have white backs).
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Re: Hosta of the Day 'Red October' - Post Your Pics

Postby redcrx » Sep 10, 2011 12:15 am

I think OMT has darker petioles. I have not put them side-by-side but OMT caught my eye one time by looking like the petiole was a solid black color.
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Re: Hosta of the Day 'Red October' - Post Your Pics

Postby redcrx » Sep 10, 2011 9:06 am

Took some shots of the leaves and petioles with some others thrown in for comparison.
All are labeled from left to right.

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Re: Hosta of the Day 'Red October' - Post Your Pics

Postby ViolaAnn » Sep 14, 2012 12:53 pm

Interesting leaf comparisons above. Has anyone used RO as a breeder?

Mine has grown so much that I need to divide it - running out of space. And it's beautiful at the moment as it's blooming. Haven't yet edited the pics I took but I may add them later.
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Postby ViolaAnn » Sep 14, 2012 1:50 pm

Blooming Sept. 9, 2012
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Postby redcrx » Sep 14, 2012 3:39 pm

And it has branching scapes - 3 that I can see.
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Postby ViolaAnn » Sep 14, 2012 4:21 pm

O thanks. I KNEW there was something else I was supposed to do with that picture. But yes, Definitely branching scapes. Maybe I should go look at the rest of my late bloomers when it stops raining. (Hush! I should not complain. We desperately need rain).
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Postby redcrx » Sep 14, 2012 5:35 pm

And I think the one coming out to the right may have two branches. I think branching is a matter of maturity or size since my small ones do not have any branches.
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Re: Hosta of the Day 'Red October' - Post Your Pics

Postby ViolaAnn » Sep 04, 2014 8:50 pm

2014 - it's gotten to be quite a large plant. May need to take some divisions from it soon. It's starting to bud and will probably be covered with bloom in late September. Picture July 16, 2014.

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I have it located next to 'Fire Island'. Here are the two of them early in the season. Photo May 18.

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Re: Hosta of the Day 'Red October' - Post Your Pics

Postby redcrx » Oct 31, 2014 3:30 pm

Red October in the 2014 season

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With a branching scape
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Re: Hosta of the Day 'Red October' with branched scapes

Postby redcrx » Oct 31, 2014 3:33 pm

Red October flowers and branching scapes

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Re: Hosta of the Day 'Red October' - Post Your Pics

Postby ViolaAnn » Oct 01, 2015 3:53 pm

2015 - June 21. Growing well. As I write on Oct. 1, it is in full bloom but also has many slug holes.

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Re: Hosta of the Day 'Red October' - Post Your Pics

Postby redcrx » Jul 07, 2016 8:57 am

I went out this morning and noticed one of my Red October was looking weird. It turns out it is putting up one of those odd leafy scapes so it will flower way out of season. I have seen these rare things occur at random over the years but what's really unusual about this one is that about 8 feet away a Miss Ruby did the same thing this season (I posted those photos also.) Wondering if the odd Spring may have triggered something - where March is warm and gets things going only to have winter return in April and then 4 weeks of clouds and rain - confused everything. Both the Red October and Miss Ruby went into this garden last season - both out of pots I have had for a while.

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Re: Hosta of the Day 'Red October' - Post Your Pics

Postby Tigger » Jul 07, 2016 10:37 am

Gives you a nice opportunity for hybridizing. It's hard to get seeds to ripen on Red October as it blooms so late in the season.
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Re: Hosta of the Day 'Red October' - Post Your Pics

Postby ViolaAnn » Jul 10, 2016 7:22 pm

I had that happen to my 'Allan P. McConnell' border this year. The flower scape was up0 before the rest of the plant emerged. But as David said, it gives you a good opportunity to possibly get seeds from it.
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