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What do you do with the ones you don't like?

14 years ago

I just started collecting hostas last year. I picked up some at Lowe's clearance and some were not labeled. After learning so much here about HVX and about hostas in general, I'm regretting getting them. One was labeled Yellow Splash, and it just looks sooo awful. Especially compared to getting such a great Paul's Glory from Hallson's. I just want to hide it. There are a couple of other ones that were rash purchases. In comparison to some of my better purchases, I really just want to toss them. However, there's something in me that hates to get rid of a plant that's still living, no matter how ugly it is. What do you do?

Comments (11)

  • 14 years ago

    I plant them at the outlying edge of my yard closest to the woods. That are my first line of defense if Liquid Fence has started to wear off... the deer get them first. If one is nibbled, I know I have to reapply the stinky stuff.

    Alexa

  • 14 years ago

    Well the ones that lose me after a while that are not diseased i dig em up and plant ever so close to the compost pile, and every single one i did that with won me over with in 2 years. So now i have half host half compost bed.

  • 14 years ago

    I dig them up and trade them at the local plant exchange. There is a never ending line of people who want hostas, they don't care what kind. Some I even sell clumps at the Farmer's Market. That gives me enough money to buy corn and squash there (which I don't have room to grow on account of the hostas taking up every spare inch of space.)

    I've got some beautiful Ragged Robins, Centaurea, Bleeding Hearts, and daylilies in trade that way too.

    Lainey

  • 14 years ago

    I have a Lunar Eclipse and, believe me, someone beat that hosta with the ugly stick. It always looks diseased or deformed, but that's just how it is. Over the years I've been planting things around it - painted fern in front, bleeding hearts on either side - so basically I've just covered the poor thing up. It's still in there, but I don't have the aggravation of looking at it anymore.

  • 14 years ago

    I give them to a guy that used to be my neighbor. He has a big naturalized area on a hill behind his house, and is appreciative of anything I give him.

  • 14 years ago

    I put mine in a wheelbarrow at the street with a sign that reads "free hostas" and they are gone in no time.

  • 14 years ago

    lol - the ones I don't like? Those would be the ones that die before I get to see them mature - problem solved - lol
    Pam

  • 14 years ago

    There's always a place to hide them, under a shrub, behind a shrub. Or do what JB said, pot them up and put them at the curb with a free sign, someone will take them :-)

  • 14 years ago

    I didn't say pot them up. I gave away quite a few of my original Undulatas last year and some were quite mature. It was enough work just to dig them up! I just put them in the wheelbarrow the same as they came out of the ground. Plus, I have just a few nursery pots that are of any size. They have been handy to have around this year.

  • 14 years ago

    I pot them up in nice sized chunks and sell them at my Garden Club sale as well as garage/ plant sales. However plants with on going leaf problems like H Brim Cup and H Lunar Eclipse get dumped as I don't want others to suffer the same frustations. And then there were the ones that I had an oversupply of that I gave to a very appreciative friend--most people who get free Hosta are very happy for the plants no matter what they are. Mary

  • 14 years ago

    I dig them up and put them in decorative pots with annuals for outdoor arrangements in the garden. At the end of the season they get dumped into the compost ben. If they come up next year so be it, then back in the pots for another display.

    But I like Alexa's use - smart and I'm going to start using them as deer defense too.