A new addition...

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A new addition...

Postby Pieter » Aug 07, 2016 7:40 pm

If you were to google Rhino Gold you'd end up with a bunch of links to jewelry design software, but if you looked around my humble yard you'd see this...

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Re: A new addition...

Postby dhaven » Aug 08, 2016 10:29 am

Very nice indeed. Thanks for posting, we all need yet another beautiful hosta for our wish lists!
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Re: A new addition...

Postby LucyGoose » Aug 08, 2016 9:19 pm

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Re: A new addition...

Postby redcrx » Aug 09, 2016 5:02 am

Is it a gold form of Rhino Hide? And how old is it?
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Re: A new addition...

Postby Pieter » Aug 09, 2016 10:20 am

Yes, it came from Don Rawson. That's all I can tell you right now, have no further details. Judging from the size of the leaves and the roots I'd say it's a division off a plant that's at least 5 years old. No doubt there's a 'Rhino Hide' connection, just not sure what.
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Re: A new addition...

Postby Pieter » Aug 09, 2016 9:04 pm

It would appear as if there's a 'Rhino Hide ' connection, see Don's original post asking for name input on a different seedling of his that looks quite a bit like this one. He says about halfway through the thread that there is indeed an all-yellow sport of 'Rhino Hide' called 'Rhino Gold', the subject of this thread and if I'm not mistaken 'Rhino Hide' is not the fastest growing cultivar. Don didn't indicate an age for the plant this division was taken from, nor has he indicated whether or not this is in TC.
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Re: A new addition...

Postby redcrx » Aug 10, 2016 7:10 am

Should it be in the Index as Rhino Gold?
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Re: A new addition...

Postby Pieter » Aug 10, 2016 8:21 pm

I'm waiting for a response from Don to give me some further clarification on origin, commercial status etc. But yes, it should be in the index as 'Rhino Gold'.
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Re: A new addition...

Postby ViolaAnn » Aug 11, 2016 7:26 pm

How did you get that across the border into Canada?
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Re: A new addition...

Postby Pieter » Aug 24, 2016 12:18 am

This is what Don says:

'Rhino Gold' is the all-gold TC sport of 'Rhino Hide'. I brought a couple home from Walters Gardens who had 'Rhino Hide' TC-ed. It is slow growing and lacks the superb substance of 'Rhino Hide', 'Rhino Blue', and 'Rhino Tuff' (other TC sports). Dr. Zonneveld tested 'Rhino Gold' and found that it is fully diploid (2-2-2). I don't plan to do anything with it...I have many much nicer gold puckered hostas in my trial gardens which are under evaluation.

So, that likely means this will not be in wide distribution at any time soon, so this will be a unique example. I'll be sure to post updates over the coming years...
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Re: A new addition...

Postby Chris_W » Aug 24, 2016 11:08 am

I was wondering why this plant seemed to grow so well, since I assumed it to be tetraploid based on what Don has said about Rhino Hide in the past. Tetraploid plants are known for having very slow multiplication and growth rates, but this seems to be growing nicely so that explains it. Looks like a good plant to me, but I can understand why they would not introduce it.
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Re: A new addition...

Postby Pieter » Aug 24, 2016 9:00 pm

Chris, I'm anxious to see how it performs next year. It would have come from an in-ground growing scenario and as the picture clearly shows I have it in a 3 gallon pot. That drastic change impacts root growth and as a result of course overall growth. The new leaves it has grown since I've had it are all quite a bit smaller than the leaves it came with, and I expected that. It hasn't flowered as yet and so far have not seen signs of developing scapes, which I had not expected but by the same token I don't know what its flowering period is. I typically don't expect too much out of a new plant in its first year in my garden, I'm just happy it has shown growth. If it shows additional shoots next year I may be tempted to take a division and find a spot for it in one of the garden beds, but I'm jumping the gun here....
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