Dancing in the ...what?

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Dancing in the ...what?

Postby ademink » Apr 06, 2007 3:01 pm

I just saw 'Dancing in the Rain' at a nursery the other day and thought that I didn't have it. I couldn't remember if I had "singing" or "dancing" so held off - though I didn't remember seeing a hosta like this in my garden.

I just ran across my DITR photo from late August/early Sept. when I bought it (from an AHS display garden nursery, btw...not Lowe's or something LOL).

What the heck is THIS? Is this a mostly reverted plant or one w/ a misty sport or.......????

I only see one leaf that looks "right".

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Postby jgh » Apr 06, 2007 3:57 pm

Dancing In The Rain is a Walter's Gardens registration (and PP) Walters is a large wholesaler out of Michigan, so when they put something like this into the market you can expect 10,000+ available in a season.

I haven't grown it yet, so I don't know for sure... but that sure looks like an unstable one you've got there. The pics in the Walters catalog are really wide white centers. The description does note that the centers tend to green up in extreme heat, so maybe that's all that is happening with your plant. Looking closely, you can see the top leaf has two tones...

DITR is a sport from Blue Umbrellas - a good parent, so if this plant proves dependable it could be a good white center in a largish leaved plant... if it grows well, it could fill in a niche (big blue type leaves, good white center) that has so far been dominated by troublesome plants.
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Postby Chris_W » Apr 06, 2007 4:23 pm

Although you might have a couple solid green leaves there, Jim's speculation that the center turns green in the heat of the summer is correct. This one can green up during the heat of the summer, and it seems to occur more often when potted.

When it comes up you will be able to tell if there are any reversions that need to be taken out, but I bet most if not all if it will look right this spring.

With a plant like this I recommend putting it in a cool, shady location. Because it has so much extra white I also recommend keeping it moist and feeding it a few times during the summer to keep it vigorous. Some would say put it in more sun to let the chlorophyll do all the work, but when they have this little green on them to begin with, along with the tendency to not look all that great if it gets hot, I say just keep them in the shade and feed them more often :)
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Postby thy » Apr 06, 2007 7:55 pm

Think Chris is right... as usual :lol: ...about the sun and shade

Planted mine in full nordic sun to let it have the benefit of growing fast and clorphyle.. it didn't grow much the first summer and didn't survive the first winther here :evil:

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Postby renaldo75 » Apr 07, 2007 11:28 am

I've had kind of the opposite experience that Chris suggests. Only because my DITR got planted in a holding bed on the east side of the house that gets sun from 11am to about 2:30-3pm. And it's a very hot summer sun for a couple of months. Mine has gotten very little of the fading to green centers that happens with other DITR plants. I got it from the AHS convention auction in Des Moines so I'm reasonably sure that it came directly from Walter's Gardens, but it was a large single division that looked like it came off of a mature plant. I know DITR was available then as a TC, but I don't know how long it had been available in 2004.

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Postby ademink » Apr 07, 2007 1:52 pm

I'll be curious to see what this one does! If it's unstable, it could be fun. I'm unstable so I can appreciate that quality! :o :lol: :lol:

I'll keep you posted as it comes up - this will be fun! :D

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Postby Mary Ann » Apr 07, 2007 3:06 pm

Mine came from the DesMoines convention too. I had not heard of it until I spotted it on NC vendor's table.
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Postby renaldo75 » Apr 07, 2007 6:20 pm

I had seen it there at the vendor's tables too & thought it was pretty :cool: - I bet I paid a couple $$ more for mine than you did for yours, Mary Ann. :wink: :lol: It was my consolation prize after losing out on the Witches Brew I had been lusting after earlier in the auction. DITR only cost me 1/2 as much as WB would have. :roll: I got to thinking today that the woman sitting w/us that Marlys was talking to is one of the main Walters Gardens people, but I didn't know that DITR was one of their plants until later.
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Postby Mary Ann » Apr 07, 2007 8:54 pm

Mine was the only one they had on the table, maybe the last one? About $12 I think. Convention money is like casino money, doesn't matter, you're there to spend it. :lol:
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Postby renaldo75 » Apr 08, 2007 10:34 am

Mine was $45 - so I only paid 3 times more than I should have. :wink:
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Postby Linda P » Apr 08, 2007 12:25 pm

Mary Ann wrote:Mine was the only one they had on the table, maybe the last one? About $12 I think. Convention money is like casino money, doesn't matter, you're there to spend it. :lol:

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Re: Dancing in the ...what?

Postby redcrx » Dec 06, 2012 5:43 am

My Dancing in the Rain over the years:

Here is 2009:
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Re: Dancing in the ...what?

Postby redcrx » Dec 06, 2012 5:50 am

Here are some shots from 2010 and the last shot is from early this season:
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One photo from early this season:
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Re: Dancing in the ...what?

Postby redcrx » Dec 06, 2012 6:05 am

There was another thread about Dancing in the Rain with some "misted" leaves:

http://www.perennialnursery.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=49263
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Re: Dancing in the ...what?

Postby irawon » Dec 06, 2012 10:23 am

Hi Ed, your DITR is very pretty and looks vigorous. I think there might be two versions of DITR out there. I'll tell you why I think that. In 2009 I bought 2 DITR from one nursery, that's all they had left. I found a 3rd DITR at another nursery but when I got it home I found that it had a wider green and darker green margin than the other two. Because they weren't doing that well where I planted them, I moved the two that survived the winter to another spot. Only the one that has the wider margin has survived. Hope it survives this winter.

There's also a sport from DITR called Dancing Stars but it has a much smaller white center. When I found out about DS I assumed that the DITR with the wider green margin might be DS. Now that I've looked at DS at the Fransen Hosta website I'm not so sure because I think my 3rd DITR has a much bigger white center than the Fransen hosta.

I also have White Elephant, another large white centered hosta. It's performing much better than DITR.
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