Hosta of the day -'Whirlwind' - post your pics

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Hosta of the day -'Whirlwind' - post your pics

Postby ViolaAnn » Jul 27, 2011 6:39 am

This is my 'Whirlwind' last week. I've had it for a decade or more - one of my earliest hostas, but I had it so close to my Linden tree that it was in too much shade and not enough water. Until last year when I took 3 small divisions from it, I had only take one other division from it in all those years. I moved it at the end of last summer into a space with better light and moisture and I believe I am already seeing better growth. I also kept one of divisions and will try growing it in a totally different location.

Registry - http://www.hostaregistrar.org/detail.php?id=6970&Variety=Whirlwind
MyHostas - http://www.myhostas.be/db/hostas/Whirlwind
Hosta Library - http://www.hostalibrary.org/wx/whirlwind.html

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Postby redcrx » Jul 27, 2011 7:52 am

My Whirlwinds have gone dark. One is showing some streaking.

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Re: Hosta of the day -'Whirlwind' - post your pics

Postby ogrefcf » Jul 27, 2011 9:03 am

Mines hanging in there green wise. Not much sun on this guy.

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Postby ViolaAnn » Jul 27, 2011 9:21 am

redcrx - I'm sorry to report this but your Whirlwind looks to have major signs of foliar nematodes. Maybe ask Chris to be sure but that brown streak between the veins is telltale evidence.
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Re: Hosta of the day -'Whirlwind' - post your pics

Postby ViolaAnn » Aug 07, 2011 11:45 am

I've taken more pics of mine - these both from July 29 and it's very interesting how different light conditions affect how green it goes.

My larger plant gets only a small amount of morning sun and still shows quite a bit of white.

The smaller one is a division from the larger one taken last autumn and it gets full morning sun and is a lot more green.
I have it in a pot because I still have shrub roots to get dug out where I thought I wanted to put it, but it's so gree I may rethink that.
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Postby dash » Aug 07, 2011 2:15 pm

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Postby Carol O » Sep 07, 2012 6:29 pm

Had to look back and see if you had posts on 'Whirlwind.' Here is mine today with pods.

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Postby ViolaAnn » Sep 07, 2012 6:58 pm

Very pretty!
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Postby ViolaAnn » Sep 07, 2012 7:53 pm

I hadn't gotten to "W" yet in my updates, but since this thread has been bumped up recently, here are my pics.
both of my 'Whirlwind' divisions continue to do well, but in this very hot, dry summer, with the early spring, they have both greened up more than usual and earlier than usual.
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Postby Carol O » Sep 07, 2012 11:59 pm

It's one of my favorites; even the more 'greened' up one is nice,
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Postby rockNhostas » Sep 08, 2012 12:55 am

Mine was ugly this year. It got hit with frost a few times...then the hot, dry spell.
I don't divide often, but this one needs it. This was taken earlier in the spring, so it hadn't had enough time to stress itself out in all the sun yet.
Normally it does really well in the sun, but there was just too much this year, and not enough rain.
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Postby ViolaAnn » Sep 08, 2012 7:25 am

rockNhostas - how long have you had your plant? Mine is one of my early hostas and I have had it over a decade - has grown very slowly - one of the reasons why I divided it so I could try a division in a new location.
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Postby rockNhostas » Sep 08, 2012 8:29 am

It's at least ten years old. I may have divided it once and it has been moved from one place to another. My previous place was heavily wooded with deciduous trees and had soil that was really rich with natural compost/leaf mulch. It has always been in a spot where it gets more sun. I don't fertilize much, but when I do I use 30-30-30 fertilizer at the recommendation of a nearby hosta grower.
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Postby Chris_W » Sep 08, 2012 8:44 am

I really like Whirlwind, even when it goes solid green in the summer.

There are a LOT of off type Whirlwind out there, though, mainly because Shady Oaks produced tons of tissue culture plants over the past several years that they sold as Whirlwind buts never turn completely solid green. Whirlwind should actually have a green on green variegation by August, so if your Whirlwind still has white centers showing in September then they aren't actually true to type. Nice plants still, but they should have been given a different name and not been sold as Whirlwind. We have a batch of them too but I realized the very first year I had them that they weren't true to type plants. Unfortunately I have some Allegan Fog from Shady Oaks that are also not right :(
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Postby Carol O » Sep 08, 2012 10:44 am

So you're saying, Chris, that if they are not 'greened' up by August like 'F. Albopicta,' then they aren't a true 'Whirlwind?'
As you can see, mine is still fairly white in September! I must have an impostor!
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Postby Chris_W » Sep 08, 2012 1:12 pm

Hi Carol,

Yes, if yours still is showing some white on the leaves this time of year it is an impostor. I keep thinking we need to name this one so that people might realize there is a distinction with this particular off-type. My thought was something like Hosta 'Waterspout' :D
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Postby ViolaAnn » Sep 08, 2012 2:57 pm

I believe that the light has a bearing on how much they green up though. Mine is OLD - definitely not one of those new tissue culture types, but when I had it in more shade it never got as green as it does in more sun.
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Re: Hosta of the day -'Whirlwind' - post your pics

Postby ViolaAnn » Sep 10, 2014 8:05 pm

2014 - updates. Both pictures taken July 16, 2014.

The original plant which gets less light.
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And the one that was divided from it and is about the same size.
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Re: Hosta of the day -'Whirlwind' - post your pics

Postby ViolaAnn » Oct 06, 2015 8:31 am

2015 July 25. My two divisions of 'Whirlwind' looked very different this year. The first one now gets more afternoon light due to the loss of trees to the west, although it is still NE of my Linden tree. But for whatever reason, it never showed the very prominent veins that are so typical of this variety. The first picture is that division. The second is the one I divided from it and put east of my house a few years back. Both pictures taken the same day.

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Re: Hosta of the day -'Whirlwind' - post your pics

Postby ViolaAnn » Apr 17, 2017 12:10 pm

2016 update

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