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debs64debs64 Posts: 4,724
Hi all, bit of a mystery in my garden. I had about a dozen hostas some in ground and some in pots and they have all disappeared! No sign of anything above ground of any of them. Is it too early? Planning to dig around this afternoon and see if anything remains below the soil. Anyone else had anything similar? 


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,720
    Some of mine at 8" tall and some are yet to show buds. It's still early so don't panic.
  • debs64debs64 Posts: 4,724
    @Hostafan1 I will keep an eye out but the lady next door has leaves on all of hers. I would say my garden is pretty sheltered I have pelargoniums overwintered in a wall basket that still look good and the hostas are different varieties in different situations so it seems very strange? But I won’t panic and will let people know if any do show their faces, it’s the early foliage I love most so hoping it arrives soon! Thanks 
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,720
    I've have a tunnel with about 1,000 plants in it. Some are in full leaf, right next to some which are still dormant. No need to worry yet. 
    If you want to gently poke around with your finger tip, you might feel the tips of new buds just below the surface,just be careful not to damage those tips.
    If you've mulched them, the crown might be slightly lower than you're expecting it to be. I've dug up a crown 6 inches below ground ( over zealous mulching for 2 years ) and it came back. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,254
    @debs64-enjoy the early foliage before the slugs annihilate it  :D

    I had a look the other day - I have one which has little sprouts appearing. I don't really grow them any more because of slugs, but that one is fairly resistant and is in a pot. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 7,747
    Some of my hostas are several inches high already and others are not above ground.  Different cultivars clearly require warmer weather than others to get out of their beds.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,720
    KT53 said:
     Different cultivars clearly require warmer weather than others to get out of their beds.
    Same as us really eh?
  • debs64debs64 Posts: 4,724
    Thanks for the words of encouragement just seen some little shoots coming through, not all but some. Note to self have a little patience! 
  • Debs 64. This lot taught me all about Hostas. I followed their advice. It was all excellent. I live in Stroud, Gloucestershire. 2 of mine are poking out of the ground about 2 inches. The others are all still asleep. They'll come out when they're ready.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,720
    I'm moving some of mine from the polytunnel, (not nearly enough of them and  long overdue ) and getting them into the ground. 
    Happy to supply photos if anyone is interested? Just don't want to bore folks. 
  • debs64debs64 Posts: 4,724
    Would love to see photos I only have a few plants but I do love the foliage, (sneaky confession I cut off the flower spikes ) 
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