Hosta By Kelley
The Fast Overview: Hosta Survival
This page is here for layout continuity, and for me it is a nuisance page that really ought not be here; but since I have to have it I might as well fill it with ... something. So here we go!
I've said elsewhere that I'm an imperfect hosta gardener. So with this imperfect page, lets look at how imperfect my garden is from a year to year standpoint. The Total Expected number of plants reflects ONLY what is in the raised bed. The information below is read: Year, Number Survived, Total Expected (or number out of number; as in: 20 out of 30 [plants]), and Survival Percent; along with an note where needed.
While I've been growing Hosta since 2006, these particular records have been kept only since 2013 which reflects just how horrible my survival rate came to be that year; and just how frustrated I became. The predominate problems in my garden are: Ice, Slugs, and (suspected) Thieves. When I have time I might be able to extrapolate some of the years before this.
2013 10 : 18 56%
2014 19 : 21 90%
2015 28 : 34 86%
2016 24 : 29 83%
2017 19 : 20 95% 90% + 1 past unknown variety recently identified
2018 -- : 20
2017: Many gardeners will claim that hosta ought to have a 100% success year after year, but as these records show this is not the case with my inner city garden. The ice and slugs are still very powerful adversaries. Even with the wild winter we had in 2016 / 2017 I'm still the optimist for the arrival of Popcorn.
I use the term 'inner city' as I live approximately 2 miles from the center of St. Paul, Minnesota, and less than a mile from the State Capital building.
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Plant Name Menu Codes:
In Gardner's collection: green.
In Collection but is an unregistered sport: BLUE.
Past Plants that are no longer in the collection: Brown.