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One Eyed Empress Wu

Postby ogrefcf » Apr 21, 2013 9:10 am

So I bought a EW about 5-6 years ago in a 4" pot I think. I have moved it a couple times, but it's been in it's current spot for about two years. It was moved the same time as a Sagae I bought from Chris. The two were re planted by each other and were around the same size. Now the problem is the EW has always had just one eye. The Sagae from Chris already has four good sized pips coming up. I have several other Hostas I bought at the same time as the EW, Blue Angel and Sum and substance, that have over 30 eyes and are over 4'. I guess my question is, is it time to dig the thing up and throw it away. I hear EW is a pretty good grower. Did I get one that's stuck on one eye or should I give it another year? I guess with as cold as it's been it still might be a bit early and it could possibly put up more eyes. Thanks
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Re: One Eyed Empress Wu

Postby Chris_W » Apr 21, 2013 9:51 am

Hi,

If other plants around it are doing well, I would just give it some more time. Empress Wu puts down some very deep roots, so moving it around might set it back a little. And while I've also heard that it is a good grower, I've never really seen it as a fast multiplier. I have a few 5 year old Empress Wu that are finally putting out 2 or 3 eyes now, but the 2 and 3 and 4 year olds are all just singles that are progressively bigger.

Hopefully there are some more eyes down under the ground that you just aren't seeing yet, and even if not, hopefully that single eye is getting really big for you.
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Re: One Eyed Empress Wu

Postby thy » Apr 21, 2013 6:01 pm

Hmmmm Sometimes they just think one eye is enough and stay at that level for years and years. My first h.Sagae did it, it helped when I gave up an bought 2 more Sagae's and Liberty did it too, then my patience stopped and I stomped it in the spring - after 2 weeks I had several nice eyes :wink:
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Re: One Eyed Empress Wu

Postby ogrefcf » Apr 22, 2013 7:49 am

Thnaks! I'll wait and be patient.
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Re: One Eyed Empress Wu

Postby Linda P » Apr 22, 2013 9:38 am

My Empress Wu is also 5 years old this year. It was just one eye until last year, when it had 2 or maybe 3. I don't have any hostas up yet, so I don't know how it's doing this year. Most of the really giant hostas in my garden have been like this. I remember watching Elatior for at least 5 years, wondering if it was ever going to get to be even a medium sized hosta. Then one year I had to move 5 or 6 other hostas that surrounded it because it became a monster. I'm guessing that Empress Wu will be the same. When she does take off for you, you may have to move your house. :lol:
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Re: One Eyed Empress Wu

Postby paul_in_mn » Apr 22, 2013 11:54 am

Guess I should feel fortunate - planted a 1-eye Wu in 2011 and came up 3 eyes in 2012. Just assumed this is normal.
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Re: One Eyed Empress Wu

Postby gesila9 » Apr 22, 2013 9:25 pm

Me too Paul. I bought mine in the fall of 2010, it had 9 eyes in 2012. As I recall, it took over took weeks for all 9 eyes to come up. So far, it has 9 this year, but they are nice and plump, I'm thinking more will come up as the weather warms up.

The one I'm growing in full sun has 12 eyes this year, but they are not as plump as the one that only gets morning sun.
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Re: One Eyed Empress Wu

Postby ogrefcf » Apr 23, 2013 9:31 pm

I'll give it some more time. It has gotten bigger each year.

Here's some pictures of other that are close by and planted at the same time.
Liberty 4 eyes. Sorry about the plastic. Didn't notice it while taking pictures.
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Re: One Eyed Empress Wu

Postby rosemarie » Apr 24, 2013 5:18 pm

Owen, an Empress Wu with an eye patch on? Sorry, my imagination runs away with me sometimes! :D
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Re: One Eyed Empress Wu

Postby ogrefcf » Apr 24, 2013 7:29 pm

rosemarie wrote:Owen, an Empress Wu with an eye patch on? Sorry, my imagination runs away with me sometimes! :D


That gave me a good laugh! Love it.
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Re: One Eyed Empress Wu

Postby ogrefcf » Apr 24, 2013 7:40 pm

I fixed it! My Wu should do much better now.

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Re: One Eyed Empress Wu

Postby rosemarie » Apr 24, 2013 10:25 pm

Owen, I cracked up! That is great!!
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Re: One Eyed Empress Wu

Postby gesila9 » Apr 24, 2013 10:51 pm

Owen, here's a picture of my Empress Wu planted in the fall of 2010 that I took today. I counted 10 eyes. When I compared mine to yours, I noticed that mine was planted deeper than yours. I'm wondering if that's why yours is staying a one eyed wonder.

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Re: One Eyed Empress Wu

Postby Linda P » Apr 25, 2013 8:36 am

I have a thought about the lack of growth on mine and Owen's. 5 years ago Empress Wu was pretty new on the market. I know that mine was a very small, just out of tissue culture liner size plant. I did not put it in the nursery bed, which I usually do with liners. I just planted it out (not in the best soil in my garden) and did not give it any special attention. If we let the pros (like Hallsons!) take care of them for a couple of years first, they'll be much more vigorous and ready to grow when we plant them out in our own gardens.

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Re: One Eyed Empress Wu

Postby ogrefcf » Apr 25, 2013 2:44 pm

Linda P wrote:I have a thought about the lack of growth on mine and Owen's. 5 years ago Empress Wu was pretty new on the market. I know that mine was a very small, just out of tissue culture liner size plant. I did not put it in the nursery bed, which I usually do with liners. I just planted it out (not in the best soil in my garden) and did not give it any special attention. If we let the pros (like Hallsons!) take care of them for a couple of years first, they'll be much more vigorous and ready to grow when we plant them out in our own gardens.

Ro, you always crack me up with your sense of humor. Good one!!!!


I think you're right Linda. I forget the plants I get from Chris are raised by the best and well taken care of. This was one of the first Hostas I planted and it's been through a lot. I'll be patient and give it some time.
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Re: One Eyed Empress Wu

Postby gesila9 » Apr 25, 2013 9:28 pm

If it's still one eye next year Owen, I would plant it deeper.
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Re: One Eyed Empress Wu

Postby ogrefcf » Apr 26, 2013 11:46 am

I went out to add some dirt around and while doing so I found another eye coming up. Guess I just need a little more patience :lol: .
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Re: One Eyed Empress Wu

Postby Linda P » Apr 28, 2013 9:32 am

I went and checked on mine Friday, and it's got at least 8 eyes this year, probably a few more that have not come up yet. I think it's on the way. Hope yours gets going soon Owen.
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Re: One Eyed Empress Wu

Postby boops » Apr 28, 2013 1:08 pm

My empress Wu 3rd year in my garden

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Re: One Eyed Empress Wu

Postby ogrefcf » Apr 28, 2013 2:57 pm

Gesila, thanks for the advice. It was in a little indent so I put some more dirt around it and brought the level up. Hoping next year is a good one.
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