Pic of the Day--Sun Power

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Pic of the Day--Sun Power

Postby Hank Zumach » Jan 24, 2008 11:35 am

Hi All--Sun Power is one of the very best gold hosta varieties. Its bright, graceful foliage is a highlight in the garden. I purchased the plant in 1994 and since 2000 it has been growing in a spot that gets about 2-3 hours of mid-day sun. The transplant in 2000 set it back a bit as its size in 2001 was down to 44x22 but then it went 52x27, 52x30, 54x28, and 58x32. Zilis lists it at 70x28. For me, Sun Power has been a very good producer of seeds and seedlings. Other growers have also had good experience with Sun Power seeds. I mention this because Zilis, in his Hosta Handbook, states that Sun Power "forms only an occasional seed pod." Minor slug problems have been easily controlled. I'm showing a pic from 2005.
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Postby eastwood2007 » Jan 24, 2008 12:48 pm

Beautiful, Hank!

I just got my Sunpower late last summer. I have high hopes...
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Postby thehostagourmet » Jan 24, 2008 3:16 pm

I concur. It's a great variety. Mine, however, sets seed sparsely as Zilis notes. I have used the pollen successfully too.

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Postby Wanda » Jan 24, 2008 4:33 pm

I really like Sun Power also...enough to somehow end up with 6 of them!!! Its leaves are a bit thin...but that is good for me, as I use them as a "time to water" indicator. As soon as the leaves are less than perfectly upright, I water everything.

I'm surprised some say its not too fertile...I call mine "Fertile Myrtles"! Especially the big one right next to Filigree, Permanent Wave and Maui Buttercups - there is a solid patch of seedlings under them all. A lot look very similar to SP, but in varying shades of yellow or green. Going to have to move them this spring...they are starting to get big and crowded. I got a nice small version of Sun Power as its first natural seedling - looks just like SP, except its only about 10" tall by 10" wide at 5 yrs. old.

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Postby eastwood2007 » Jan 24, 2008 7:40 pm

That's cool, Wanda! How 'bout some pics? Are ya holdin' out on us? :lol:
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Postby ViolaAnn » Jan 24, 2008 10:33 pm

I've had mine a couple of years - was a division from a friend. It's growth rate is good. I've not tried to save seeds because it's so large and I have little space for more large Hostas. The only downside is that the leaves catch all the stuff that falls off the Linden Tree nearby.

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Postby Roxanne » Jan 24, 2008 10:57 pm

Sunpower was very large here 3 years ago, then declined. I put a shovel in all around it searching for tree roots 2 years ago, then had Jimmy Mac do the same later that year. (bigger foot, deeper shovel, lol) Neither of us hit nary a root. Finally last year it looked ok early on, but I ended digging it up anyway. The root system wasn't compromised, no signs of crown rot at all. I dug a hole a foot away and moved it.
Anyone else have this happen?? Can this one be a toughie to grow sometimes? Mind you--there's alotta happy hosta nearby, so it's not light, moisture....blah blah causing it. :P
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Postby Mary Ann » Jan 24, 2008 11:03 pm

Could it be that there are 2 Sun Powers out there? The one like Hank's, the other with longer, wavier, brighter leaves?
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Postby LucyGoose » Jan 25, 2008 10:45 am

What a pretty hosta!!! :cool:
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Postby newtohosta-no more » Jan 25, 2008 1:59 pm

Beautiful pics of a lovely hosta! Don't know why I can't find a pic of mine. :???:
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Postby party_music50 » Jan 25, 2008 11:28 pm

Nice pics. And I wonder about what Mary Ann said: I see photos of some with rippled/wavy leaves, and some not.
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Postby Lessadragon » Jan 26, 2008 6:53 am

This is a pic of my Sun Power from last year. It measured 24" x 50", down from 24" x 55" the year before. It's still an impressive hosta! Almost looks as good as yours Hank. (and I can't say that too often)

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Re: Pic of the Day--Sun Power

Postby redcrx » Nov 20, 2012 6:09 am

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Re: Pic of the Day--Sun Power

Postby irawon » Nov 27, 2012 1:40 pm

One of my very favorite hostas which I planted in 2007 when I caught THE hosta bug. Mine never gets that golden colour as it's planted in shade but it does droop when it needs water as Wanda mentions. I love its shape and upright habit.
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