Pic of the Day--Fringe Benefit

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Pic of the Day--Fringe Benefit

Postby Hank Zumach » Jul 13, 2007 10:10 am

Hi All--The sizes that various hosta varieties obtain is an interesting subject. Naturally, the conditions they are grown under are a major factor. The age of the plant is a trickier topic. While most of us are familiar with the expression "sleep, creep, and leap" in describing the first 3 or four years of a typical plants growth pattern, there doesn't seem to be a lot of consistency when dealing with the age at which a variety obtains its maximum expected size. In general, I have read that a plant will reach full maturity at around 5- 7 years of age and that seems to work for most of the varieties we have growing in our garden. However, there are some real surprises. An example is today's plant, Fringe Benefit.

I have had the plant since 1994 and have it growing on the north side of our home where it gets a little direct sun during the peak of the summer. By 2005 its size had reached an average about 47x20. Then in 2006, at and age of about 15 years, it moved up to 52x18 and this year it is 54x18. That strikes me a pretty good percentage increase for this old, dependable plant. On the other hand that finally puts it in line with Zilis' listing of 56x22, so maybe I just have a slow learner.

At any size, Fringe Benefit is a very good, solid performer. Similar in over all appearance to Undulata Albomarginata, it has fewer slug problems and holds up until later in the season than UA and I would recommend it to those who might be considering which of the two varieties to add to the garden.

Registry - http://www.hostaregistrar.org/detail.ph ... %20Benefit
MyHostas - http://myhostas.be/db/hostas/Fringe+Benefit
Hosta Library - http://www.hostalibrary.org/f/fringebenefit.html

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Postby nanny_56 » Jul 13, 2007 10:41 am

Much nicer looking than UA IMOP!

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Postby newtohosta-no more » Jul 13, 2007 11:32 am

Looks great, Hank! :D
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Postby Rookie_Green_Thumb » Jul 13, 2007 2:14 pm

I like the bigger leaf shape on this one compated to UA. Seems to make a bigger impact.

Nice looking plant! I have a soft spot for the white margined ones....my Francee plants (though pretty mundane compared to other 'more exciting' hosta) have brought me many years of enjoyment.

Just because they are less exciting in no way makes them 'less' IMO!
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Bigger leaf

Postby jobranch » Jul 13, 2007 4:38 pm

That's what I was going to say - leaf looks wider. Good looking plant and it must be more stable than UA.
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Postby wishiwere » Jul 13, 2007 6:04 pm

Very nice!
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