Whats wrong with my hosta?

WintersongWintersong Posts: 2,436
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My Blue Angel last year in July, looking splendid...

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 and this year it is half the size!

What's going on? I haven't had it out the ground and we've had plenty of rainfall this year. Nothing has changed about its situation except its leaves are half the size. Amount of leaves is on par.

Any ideas?image

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 45,098
    Hmm - my Blue Angels have doubled in size this year - sorry - not meaning to rub salt in -

    although we've had plenty of rain, you do have a small tree there, and hosta leaves keep the rain off as well - the surface of the ground under mine is as dry as a bone - do you think that tree may be taking moisture/nutrients?



    I mulched mine with lots of home made compost last autumn and gave them a good dollop of Fish Blood & Bone in the early spring and will be feeding again shortly. Have you fed yours?



    At least the slugs and snails seem to be leaving yours alone image



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    If you stop taking chances, you'll stay where you sit. You won't live any longer, but it'll feel like it.” 
  • WintersongWintersong Posts: 2,436

    Thanks for your responses and sound advice.

    I do mulch every spring and the tree hasn't caused problems before but you may be right Dove, since the Acer has really grown this year, and thickend out, reducing the water content in the soil even further.

    I will also feed it since i think I missed the blood fish and bone earlier in the year.

    I feel like making more of these for a larger spread so perhaps I will divide in July/August ? I read this was the correct time to do it, and replant new pieces in well rotted compost. I save my best stuff for the roses, hostas and Clematis and I just emptied a whole compost bin into a spare 70litre bag image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 45,098

    There's a lot to be said for growing them hard - makes the leaves tough for our mollusc friends.  Big and lush = juicy and tasty and tender image

    If you stop taking chances, you'll stay where you sit. You won't live any longer, but it'll feel like it.” 
  • WintersongWintersong Posts: 2,436

    I'll bear that in mind image

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