Hostas forum: Hosta Bloom

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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Jul 8, 2012 12:46 PM CST
This may sound like I'm a traitor but I'm not in love with the bloom on many varieties of Hosta. There are a few I like and I think the best is Blue Mouse Ears.
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Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Jul 8, 2012 1:55 PM CST
O, that's nice. I'm with you about the blooms. Some heuchera are like that, so I cut cut them off. Makes the plant look messy. Could you do that on a hosta or would it hurt the plants cycle?
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Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Jul 8, 2012 2:53 PM CST
I cut them off all the time.......I do it always on a young newly planted Hosta.
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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Jul 8, 2012 3:18 PM CST
A lot of people do it on the young plants so it will not put energy into producing a flower, but put all energy into growing. Green Grin!
I don't even seem to notice till they have already bloomed. It is too late then, right? Duh. Sad
I was not impressed with the flowers either and only took a few pictures.
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Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Jul 9, 2012 12:17 AM CST
The twist of lime is pretty!
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Name: Christine
Southeastern MN (Zone 4a)
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Christine27360
Jul 20, 2012 8:30 AM CST
I cut.... I am going to harvest some seeds this year... but I am with you Paul - I cut them off all my babies and usually cut them if I think they are ugly on the adults. Whistling
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Name: Ann
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ViolaAnn
Jul 23, 2012 5:26 AM CST
I don't even seem to notice till they have already bloomed. It is too late then, right?


It's not too late. I don't think producing flowers slows down the growth of the plant much, but making seeds might. So enjoy the flowers and then cut off the scapes - cleaning your tools between plants.

Some hosta flowers I really like. Some seem to be an afterthought. My 'Praying Hands' bloomed last year, but the scape was so short, the bloom was totally lost in the foliage.
Ann

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Name: Rose
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Rose1656
Jul 23, 2012 8:41 AM CST
If I have time and energy, I usually wait until they are done blooming to cut them off. The hummingbirds love the flowers and it's fun to watch them in the gardens. But once the blooms are gone the stems are pretty ugly...So, off with their heads!

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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Jul 23, 2012 9:32 AM CST
YEP! Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Christine
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Christine27360
Jul 23, 2012 11:52 AM CST
Ditto! Hilarious! Hilarious!
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dirtpig
Aug 8, 2012 4:04 PM CST
Ditto Sticking tongue out


A few blooms I thought were pretty.
Ok,its' Christmas Pageant..I think. Sad


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Sorry not home can't go out and look Sticking tongue out
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Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Aug 8, 2012 5:02 PM CST
Green Grin! Very pretty Dirtpig! Here's one of my favorites:
BROTHER STEFAN

Susan

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dirtpig
Aug 8, 2012 5:30 PM CST
Oh My!!! that is beautiful. nodding
I just move mine form under a bush.You couldn't even tell it was there.
So maybe in a year or two it will look like yours.
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Aug 8, 2012 5:43 PM CST
Thank you, they seem to like a little sun. Green Grin! The slugs don't bother it either.
Susan

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Name: Christine
Southeastern MN (Zone 4a)
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Christine27360
Aug 8, 2012 8:32 PM CST
I just planted mine as a plug last Spring and he seems to like where I have him.... morning sun till about noon, then lots of shade.
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
2 Corinthians 9:6
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Aug 9, 2012 3:18 AM CST
Your's does look very happy and mine gets some dappled sun all day and maybe two hours of late evening sun. I got mine the spring before last (06/11) from Hallson's and I was very happy, I got a lot of nice Hostas from him. But this is the first time it bloomed, I love white flowers. Green Grin!
Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood

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