Pic of the Day--Northern Star

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Pic of the Day--Northern Star

Postby Hank Zumach » May 17, 2007 12:03 pm

Hi All--Yesterday I mentioned the poll that I did in 2002 of the worst hosta varieties. I forgot to mention that the listing is posted at the Hosta Library under the "Lists" and "Less Popular" buttons. I think the only reason today's variety, Northern Star, did not make the list is because few gardeners have it. I have heard that there may be some plants out there that do better than ours. Northern Star does teach the lesson that having a good sport parent does not guarantee a great sport, since NS is a sport of Elegans. I made the mistake of buying NS in 1997 and for several years watched it burn away and fall apart. The photo was taken in late June, before the deterioration becomes really bad. I just checked the plant and, in Mid May, the signs of burnout are already showing up this year. When I finally gave up on it, I moved it to Loser's Lane where it gets dappled sun. The only reason I haven't composted the plant is due to lack of good character on my part. The plant reached a size of 60x29 in 2001 and over several years diminished to 42x18 but was back up to 57x26 in 2006. Not even slugs like this one.

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Postby newtohosta-no more » May 17, 2007 5:48 pm

Okay...I'll have to remember NOT to add NS to my hosta wish list. :lol: Thanks for the info, Hank. :wink:
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Re: Pic of the Day--Northern Star

Postby Mary Ann » May 17, 2007 5:59 pm

Hank Zumach wrote: The only reason I haven't composted the plant is due to lack of good character on my part.


I like that excuse, Hank! It's like a reverse pat on the back. :D
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Postby Arlene » May 17, 2007 6:00 pm

Thanks . . . this kind of information keeps us from buying the less-than-great ones -- thus freeing up $$ for the MANY super ones!
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Postby greenguy » May 17, 2007 6:30 pm

such a shame with the color it has
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Postby addieotto » May 17, 2007 7:18 pm

As usual, even the photos of your "losers" are so lush and gorgeous. Darn it Hank, you can make even a ratty plant look great! Now that's talent!! :lol:
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Postby Wheasie » May 18, 2007 7:52 am

It is one that I lost in my move in 2005 - sad too. It was a struggle to nurse it along but it was such a gorgeous hosta.

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Postby Hank Zumach » May 18, 2007 9:55 am

Wheasie--Are you serious? If so, you are one of the few who have had a decent perfomring plant.
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Postby thehostagourmet » May 18, 2007 10:08 am

Hank, you're giving up a large amount of carbon and nitrogen for the compost pile. :D

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Postby Hank Zumach » May 18, 2007 12:45 pm

George--I know but its all part of the price one has to pay for being an incurable hostaholic. :D
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Postby Wheasie » May 22, 2007 10:18 pm

Hank - yeah, it was a nice looking hosta, though clearly not a "strong" one.
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