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Old 04-04-2015, 02:51 PM
 
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I found this growing and not quite sure what it is...

It started out as 6 rolled sprout shapes and just grew and bloomed fast!

Do you know what it is? (city girl trying to grow country here)...
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Old 04-04-2015, 02:54 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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That's a Hosta, shade loving perennial that looks dead over winter but then pops up as you described in spring. They will get tall shoots with purple flowers in summer, and are actually pretty expensive. If you do it before they are 3-6" tall, you can dig them up and divide, then replant to create more of them. The squirrels and deer like to eat them, as do slugs.
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Old 04-04-2015, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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Very easy....That is a hosta....Once it opens it will stay low. They like mostly shade and late in summer they grow a white or purple flower on the end of a long stem about 24-36 inches tall. It kind of resembles a small lily flower. Hostas are perennials and come up every year. Be careful not to step on them when they first come out of the ground. Snails LOVE them and many times the beautiful leaves get holes in them from snail chewing at night. You can put beer in a low rimmed container (like a lid) that the snails will crawl in at night and drown....
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Old 04-04-2015, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Sugarmill Woods , FL
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Yup Variegated Hosta.
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Old 04-04-2015, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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Yup, hosta.

That spot looks a bit sunny to me, but some hostas can take a lot more sun than others.

Everything likes to eat them, including japanese people.

They can be a bit of trouble, but they can also be spectacular, so it balances out.
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Old 04-04-2015, 03:25 PM
 
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Thank you everyone!

I know you see sun... but it only gets sun from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 then the sun goes back over the trees.

How much sun do I need?

I would like to put something on it to protect against bugs eating it. So far, none have. What can I buy to keep it beautiful and away from pests?
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Old 04-04-2015, 03:28 PM
 
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Also, can I keep this in the ground or do I need to put it in a pot? (I have lots of new pots and plenty of potting soil)

I liked the other posters idea of splitting it but afraid I am not that brave. I want to see it flourish!
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Old 04-04-2015, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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It looks too small to split right now....I wouldn't pot it, just leave it where it is and it will come back every year. Use your pots to plant annuals that flower all summer long until frost.....Hostas can even grow in almost full shade under trees. If its too sunny the leaf color will fade over summer....
Ps....One of the above posters said a lot of bugs eat them including Japanese "PEOPLE"....I believe they meant Japanese BEETLES. You will have more damage from the slugs than beetles. Just do the "beer trick{" I suggested and you will be fine! Welcome to the wonderful world of gardening!!!
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Old 04-04-2015, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Southeastern Pennsylvania
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I believe jaqueg probably DID mean Japanese people. Here's more info:
Hosta: a Treat for the Eye and the Palate | Gardener's Journal
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Old 04-04-2015, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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I believe jaqueg probably DID mean Japanese people. Here's more info:
Hosta: a Treat for the Eye and the Palate | Gardener's Journal

Yup, I meant people.
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