Pic of the Day--Brim Cup

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Pic of the Day--Brim Cup

Postby Hank Zumach » May 16, 2007 10:14 am

Hi All--Back in 2002 I conducted an unscientific, internet based poll of the worst hosta varieties. The list is available at the Hosta Library. Brim Cup easily made the list. It has a very well deserved bad reputation for developing ratty, torn, holey leaves. That is the way my plant was each year soon after I purchased it back in 1994. Then in 2002 I finally gave up on it and moved it to Loser's Lane where there is mostly dappled sun. Much to my surprise, Brim Cup has been a much better looking plant since then. It still has a tendency to develop a few ragged edges but for the most part it does OK. Since it's previous location wasn't in very much sun, it seems unlikely the dramatic improvement was due to the relocation, particularly since almost all gardeners have bad problems with this variety. In any event, while Brim Cup's appearance has improved, the plant has not grown well. Zilis lists it at 40x14 and my plant has only averaged about 19x8. Slugs usually have left it alone. The pix are from 2003, probably the best year Brim Cup has had and 2006.

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Postby renaldo75 » May 16, 2007 11:33 am

That 1st pic of it would sell a lotta Brim Cups if people didn't know the rest of the story, Hank. On hostas like this, your POTD is the best public service announcement there could be. :wink: It seems like I've read in the past that if you don't give Brim Cup any extras [like fertilizer] that it does better & doesn't have the tearing. But that might have been for Knock Out. I get the 2 confused...
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Postby Hank Zumach » May 16, 2007 3:39 pm

Hi--Here is the way the plant looked in late 2003. Ugly, but not anywhere near as bad as it looked in the years before being moved.

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Postby caliloo » May 16, 2007 3:58 pm

Yikes! :eek:
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Postby newtohosta-no more » May 16, 2007 5:47 pm

I appreciate your honest assessment of hostas too, Hank. It's really a shame that some start out looking so gorgeous and then turn all ratty and holey later in the season.
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Postby greenguy » May 16, 2007 5:49 pm

I agree with renaldo the first two pics are of great looking plants and that is my guess as to why people are still selling them
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Postby addieotto » May 16, 2007 7:32 pm

LOL! I love the tour of loser's lane the past couple of POTD's. I especially love the "here's how it looked at its worst" photos! But Renaldo's right... that one photo would sell a lot of plants :lol:
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Postby wzbt03 » May 22, 2007 5:20 pm

I always thought it was impossible to get a free hosta and not get a good deal.
Brim Cup is the exception.
I looked bad last year and this photo is from today, imagine how it will look in a month.

There is one place it would look very nice - in someone else's garden. Then you can point and laugh.

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Re: Pic of the Day--Brim Cup

Postby rufie98 » Nov 23, 2012 11:50 pm

Here is a picture of my Brim Cup in 2011. It looked pretty much the same in 2012 with four eyes. I grow it in a container and have left it in the same pot I bought it in and have not added any fertilizer or compost. No ratty edges or splitting was noted. Seems to be a slow grower.

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Re: Pic of the Day--Brim Cup

Postby ViolaAnn » Nov 24, 2012 8:24 am

I hope it continues to do well for you. I gave up on mine years ago, but must note that it looked pretty good the first year or two.
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Re: Pic of the Day--Brim Cup

Postby rufie98 » Nov 24, 2012 10:38 am

Will have to see what 2013 brings. Hopefully it will do well and I will have a new picture to add here. If not, I certainly will not replace it. I bought it when I didn't know anything about hostas. At this point I am considering it to be a challenge!
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