Pic of the Day--Ginko Craig

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Pic of the Day--Ginko Craig

Postby Hank Zumach » Jun 12, 2007 10:05 am

Hi All--From time to time I have commented about hosta names. Ginko Craig is one of the names that I thought was, well, a bit strange. Until I read Zilis' description of the plant, I had never heard of someone with the first name of "Ginko".....Mr. Craig's wife. hmmm. Interesting. Another interesting note about Ginko Craig, is that it is one of the parents of Atom Smasher, Ron Livingston's unique introduction.

Ginko Craig is another variety that just seems to quietly chug along, doing its job of attractively filling up it's assigned garden space. Its good growth rate, mound shape and size make it very useful as an edger. It does begin to look a bit tired by the end of the season and needs help in the battle against slugs. I have had the plant since 1999, growing in a spot that gets up to about 3 hours of afternoon sun. In the last five years it has measured 39x13, 36x12, 34x16, 33x12 and 36x14. Zilis lists it at 44x14.

Registry - http://www.hostaregistrar.org/detail.ph ... ko%20Craig
MyHostas - http://www.myhostas.be/db/hostas/Ginko+Craig
Hosta Library - http://www.hostalibrary.org/g/ginko-craig.html

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Postby Tigger » Jun 12, 2007 11:48 am

Ginko Craig deserves special discussion for hosta growers, I think. It has perhaps the largest distinction between its juvenile form (sort of like Allan P. McConnell, with a modest margin) and its adult form (lance-shaped leaves with wider margin), as Hank shows here. And from what I've seen, the "puberty" period is almost non-existent: one year (maybe the "leap" year?) the plant will suddenly appear in its adult form. If you want to keep the juvenile form, as you would see the plant when purchased, you need to divide regularly.

Here's a pic I found (see also the Hosta Library) of a juvenile-looking plant:
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Postby tcs1366 » Jun 12, 2007 4:08 pm

Hank,

Thanks for that "report".

I just got my Ginko Craig this year and so far, very happy with it.

Always thought the name was odd... but now I know the logic behind it.

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Postby renaldo75 » Jun 12, 2007 4:52 pm

I don't remember mine ever having the real narrow margins like the one Tigger is showing. :-? Guess I need to look at some 2003 pics & see...
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Postby Patrushka » Jun 12, 2007 5:41 pm

That white edge just make it pop. :D Very pretty Hank! :cool:
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Postby tcs1366 » Jun 12, 2007 6:56 pm

here's mine. It's sorta "ratty" since it was just planted about 6 weeks ago.

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