Let’s wrap up this week’s hosta theme with one more from the Thyrums. This one is called ‘Praying Hands’, and for the life of me, I can’t figure out why (any ideas?). But it’s cool! Those twisty leaves are an unexpected sight. I don’t know about you, but after this week, I have an urge to go hosta shopping!
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The folding of the leaves, praying that the slugs don't get them. I have been using ammonia and water this Spring and so far it is working great. My hosta's have never looked so good. I am using a very mild mixture, 1/10: ammonia/water. Even the potted hosta's look great.
I used to have that one but the voles ate it... I believe the name is because of the upright leaves. Love it in that container.
@ncgardner - I've never heard of using ammonia. How often? How heavy? Do you spray the plant or the ground around it?
Look at the curve of the leaves going out and turning back to each other as your hands are.while in prayer
It's a fun hosta, and the pot is very cool. I especially like the fern peeking out from underneath!
Rodin (the guy who did the Thinker) had a sculpture titled "Praying Hands" that looked like it was turning/twisting. Perhaps that is the inspiration of the name.
Advice please, anyone: Will hostas overwinter in a pot? I live in zone 4 to 5 Colorado where winter tempuratures and mositure vary wildly. I use hostas in pots for the summer then plant in-ground in the fall.
I'm new to the list...would like more info about the ammonia/water for the Hostas..About 3 yrs ago I got hooked on Hostas and would love to do what's best for them...I live in the Pacific Northwest..
The 1 c. ammonia, 10 c. water is a solution that is meant to be poured on the hosta crowns as the plant is breaking dormancy-to kill the overwintered slug eggs that are tucked down in the crown. I did it last yr for the first time and it seemed a good thing. Important, i think, to do it again during the season and when you start to see alot of damage. But i'm not sure of the details. i suggest youall go on the Hosta Forum and the Perennials forum of http://www.gardenweb.com and do a search. Here in the z.5 boston area, the slugs start to appear in june, and that's when i think i'm to do the repeat. But i don't know if there is a scientifically quantified experiment with specific guidelines gleaned from testing.
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