Pic of the Day--Sea Sprite

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Pic of the Day--Sea Sprite

Postby Hank Zumach » May 14, 2007 9:53 am

Hi All--The Sea Sprite in today's photo has an interesting history. For many years it was assumed that all Sea Sprites carried a virus that showed itself in many leaf spots. I finally sent a couple of leaves from my Sea Sprite to Dr. Lockhart at the University of Minnesota for testing. It turns out that no one had ever had a plant tested. He confirmed that Sea Sprite did not have a virus and that the spots were simply a characteristic of the variety. This information was published in the Hosta Journal.

I have had Sea Sprite since 1994. It took a few years for the spots to become prominent. As you can see, some leaves are completely dominated by the spots which gradually appear over the first few months of the season. I have moved the plant around some and now have it planted in a place that gets mostly dappled sun. It's size has stabilized at about 28x12. The registration size as listed in Lemke's data base is 14x8, so this is another example of confusion about a variety's expected mature size. The plant does need slug protection.

Registry - http://www.hostaregistrar.org/detail.php?id=5778&Variety=Sea%20Sprite

MyHostas - http://myhostas.be/db/hostas/Sea+Sprite

Hosta Library - http://www.hostalibrary.org/s/seasprite.html

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Postby renaldo75 » May 14, 2007 3:34 pm

Interesting info, Hank - I'm glad you decided to have it tested. I can guarantee this one will freak out our Lucygoose whether it has a clean bill of health or not. :wink:
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Postby Patrushka » May 14, 2007 3:40 pm

Very :cool: Hank and nice to know that it's virus free.

:lol: Reldon, I was thinking the same thing.
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Postby LucyGoose » May 14, 2007 9:39 pm

Okay, Reldon....and Missy Pat.....I don't get it....Did I forget something? :hmm:..... :oops:
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Postby renaldo75 » May 14, 2007 10:03 pm

Lucy - did you not look closely at Hank's pic & read what he said about having Sea Sprite tested for HVX?? :-?
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Postby LucyGoose » May 14, 2007 10:14 pm

Yes I did....but nothing is clicking.... :oops:
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Postby renaldo75 » May 14, 2007 10:16 pm

I think you'd better call it a nite... :???:
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Postby LucyGoose » May 14, 2007 10:16 pm

I do see those leave that look like HVX....Is that what you mean?
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Postby Patrushka » May 14, 2007 10:37 pm

:lol: LucyGoose. If Hank hadn't told us that it was virus free you would have been saying, "Hank, this thing looks virused to me... :roll:"
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Postby newtohosta-no more » May 15, 2007 5:58 am

Now you two stop picking on LG! You know she's blond. :lol:
I can hardly see the spots, Hank, but it looks like a pretty hosta. :)
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Postby LucyGoose » May 15, 2007 6:26 am

I knew that Pat.... :roll: .. :P ..For real! :lol:

Is is an ugly hosta, isn't it...:lol:...:lol:
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Postby renaldo75 » May 15, 2007 8:51 am

That sounds more like the Lucygoose we know and love!! :wink: :lol: :lol:
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Postby thy » May 15, 2007 3:40 pm

Right Reldon :wink:

continuing Pat's ....... get it out of your garden .. NOW :eek:



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Postby LucyGoose » May 15, 2007 5:52 pm

:lol: :lol: ... :wink:
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