Pic of the Day--Spilt Milk

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Pic of the Day--Spilt Milk

Postby Hank Zumach » Jun 28, 2007 10:24 am

HI All--Spilt Milk created quite a sensation when it was introduced because of the unique misted foliage. Now, 15 years or so later, it still has no problem passing the 20 foot rule. The downside is that many people have had difficulty with the plant shrinking in size over time and, in some cases, eventually dieing. The mystery of why this occurs apparently has been solved by Chris Wilson at Hallson Gardens. Chris discovered that Spilt Milk needs to be planted deeper than other hosta varieties. Instead of having the crown an inch or so below the surface, Spilt Milk performs much better when the crown is 2-3 inches below the surface. This probably explains why the plant in our garden had problems each year and never got close to Zilis' listing of 52x24 for a mature plant. Slugs have only been a minor problem.

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Postby Tigger » Jun 28, 2007 3:53 pm

Chris sent me this as a bonus plant this year. :D I'll have to check to see if I planted it deeply enough.
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Postby wishiwere » Jun 28, 2007 4:20 pm

Always had this on my list and never have gotten one!

I like yours!
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Postby thy » Jun 28, 2007 5:32 pm

I just love that hosta :D

Lost one - and an other due to crab apple roots and have a new one planted

Thanks for the reminder of the plant depth... did I remember that :hmm: ... better trow some more soil on it :wink:
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Postby LucyGoose » Jun 28, 2007 6:34 pm

thy wrote::hmm: ... better trow some more soil on it :wink:


I love you Pia!! :lol: It's words like *trow* that make me want to squeeze you!! :lol: :lol:

Hank, I love my SM, but did not know about how deep to plant.....Now that you say that, I'm thinking that is was a tad bigger before than this year.....But it's doing great so don't get me wrong....I will have to get a picture of it....

Thanks again for the POD's!! :D
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Postby hostaanita » Jun 28, 2007 9:27 pm

It looks lovely. :D I can't find mine . I moved about 500 hosta last summer when we were going to relcate ...when I moved them back ...its among the missing . It might be there somewhere ..if not it'll be on my wish list..I really like that plant.
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    Postby newtohosta-no more » Jun 28, 2007 10:10 pm

    What's that saying? No use crying over spilt milk? :lol: Well...my SM appears to have lost it's milk. :roll: Hank...Your's, on the other hand, looks gorgeous! :D
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    Postby NWhosta4life » Jun 29, 2007 8:31 am

    Thanks for the info hank. I also have been meaning to get this one but havent yet. Chris seems to figure out most of our problems it seems. :wink:
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    Postby tsneal » Jun 29, 2007 10:10 am

    I remember Chris saying that...it was the day of or the day after I had just lifted mine out of the ground a bit...ACK!!!

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