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any one growing Humpback Whale?

Postby boops » Jun 01, 2013 8:05 am

I was wondering if anyone out there has Hosta Humpback Whale and if so what is the growth rate? Also does it retain the blue color or fade to dark green.

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Re: any one growing Humpback Whale?

Postby Tigger » Jun 01, 2013 8:42 am

This is still quite rare in gardens, although I see it's now in TC. The famous Seaver/Letohla clump was still blue at convention time a few years ago. I imagine it stays more blue than Elegans.
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Re: any one growing Humpback Whale?

Postby boops » Jun 01, 2013 9:03 am

I found someone selling it not as a Tissue Culture, on the fence on whether I should try it or not.
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Re: any one growing Humpback Whale?

Postby kaylyred » Jun 01, 2013 1:06 pm

Tigger wrote:This is still quite rare in gardens, although I see it's now in TC. The famous Seaver/Letohla clump was still blue at convention time a few years ago. I imagine it stays more blue than Elegans.



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Re: any one growing Humpback Whale?

Postby Tigger » Jun 01, 2013 9:13 pm

In this case, I just happened across the information (that someone has in their "new" listings). Paula Lehtola is offering a piece for the BADITC auction going on. Last I saw it was $200. At the price of that "new" listing, they would have to be TC plants.

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Re: any one growing Humpback Whale?

Postby Eleven » Jun 03, 2013 8:00 am

I got one off the library Auction this spring, but it's still a baby. Fits into a 4 inch pot, if that tells you how small :wink: Pretty sure the mini I got at the same time was bigger. I'll have to report back next year!

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Re: any one growing Humpback Whale?

Postby boops » Jun 03, 2013 8:12 am

oh-I just ordered one for $20-hasn't arrived yet. Not expecting it to arrive very large-but my empress wu was tiny when I got it 3 years ago also and has really exploded this year. Gardening requires so much patience :wink:
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Re: any one growing Humpback Whale?

Postby Eleven » Jun 14, 2013 9:15 am

P.S. Here's my baby whale. I'm really looking for some growth here!

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Re: any one growing Humpback Whale?

Postby boops » Jun 14, 2013 9:25 am

Here's mine-just planted last week-

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Re: any one growing Humpback Whale?

Postby Don Rawson » Jun 14, 2013 5:16 pm

Kayly wrote, "Silly question, but how do you learn when a plant is in TC? Is there a source that provides a lot of this information, or is it just a sort of "word of mouth" thing from various sources?"

There are only about a half dozen tc labs in the U.S.A. that are propagating hostas. You can visit their websites to see what they're currently offering. Of course that's assuming that the hostas they're offering were produced by tc rather than by field division.

Information about a brand new hosta (which is currently in the tc lab but which has not yet been released) is often revealed by the originator of that particular cultivar.
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Re: any one growing Humpback Whale?

Postby viktoria » Jun 15, 2013 4:46 am

'Humpback(ed) Whale' is never so blue as 'Elegans' and, predictably, ends up being green.

As someone else said, price is a pretty good clue to TC origin.

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Re: any one growing Humpback Whale?

Postby boops » Jun 15, 2013 4:55 am

I emailed the store I got it from, he said mine was a second year TC plant.
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