Hostas forum: Leaves turning green

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Name: Terese
Central Florida, zone9b (Zone 9b)
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
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tcs1366
Apr 20, 2010 6:38 PM CST
this is the hosta that I got from Foxfire Gardens in the 2007 Co-Op. It's called Northern Sunray. It has always been a stunning hosta, but this year, it's a lot greener than in past years.

a few more pics to come...

any idea why it's doing this?? and it's not just an eye that can be separated -- it's more like 1 leaf within an eye.

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Terese --Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi

Name: Terese
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tcs1366
Apr 20, 2010 6:39 PM CST
here is a close up

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Terese --Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi

Name: Terese
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tcs1366
Apr 20, 2010 6:40 PM CST
here it is from 2008.

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Terese --Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi

Name: Diann
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Ticker
Apr 21, 2010 11:18 AM CST

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Terese, I think it looks like you need to dig and divide the green out of it. Sometimes hostas will revert like that and all you can do is to cut the green out... Maybe someone else will have a better idea for you. Folks???
Name: Ann
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ViolaAnn
Apr 21, 2010 4:39 PM CST
I'd be inclined to dig it as well and see if there is any way to separate out the green, but if it truly is one leave within an eye, you may have a difficult job. You could also watch it for awhile just to see what happens.
Ann

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Name: Terese
Central Florida, zone9b (Zone 9b)
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
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tcs1366
Apr 21, 2010 9:18 PM CST
it took me close to an hour to get it all a part.
I ended up with 4 plants.

I can take photos tomorrow.

one, that i put back in the hole where it came from, looks like the original plant i got.
I potted up two of them... one is mostly green leaves, the other is a mixture. then there was one, maybe two eyes, that was mostly white with green, and maybe one green leave per eye. [I think that is the way it turned out]

that one i planted, but in a different spot.

such a shame... it truly was a beautiful hosta.
Terese --Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi

Name: Dennis Szurgot
Topsham, Maine
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DASH
Apr 22, 2010 3:32 PM CST
Hi Terese,
I know how you feel. I'm a little worried ,my 'stitch in time' has unfurled one leaf all green.... Grumbling - Dennis
Dennis
Name: Terese
Central Florida, zone9b (Zone 9b)
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
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tcs1366
Apr 22, 2010 6:32 PM CST
here is the remaining hosta, with many eyes taken out.

It was perky this morning, but mid afternoon, the leaves were quite limp.

I hope I didn't kill this plant.



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Terese --Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi

Name: Terese
Central Florida, zone9b (Zone 9b)
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tcs1366
Apr 22, 2010 6:32 PM CST
here are the two i potted up.

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Terese --Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi

Name: Terese
Central Florida, zone9b (Zone 9b)
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tcs1366
Apr 22, 2010 6:33 PM CST
here are the remaining eyes... I think there were 3 or 4.

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Terese --Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi

Name: Dennis Szurgot
Topsham, Maine
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DASH
Apr 22, 2010 9:37 PM CST
Time will tell. Their usually pretty forgiving . Probably have to give them plenty of TLC . Good Luck... Dennis
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Name: Ann
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ViolaAnn
Apr 23, 2010 5:07 AM CST
Lots of water!
Ann

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Name: Terese
Central Florida, zone9b (Zone 9b)
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tcs1366
Apr 23, 2010 7:02 AM CST
I gave them all a good drink last night, checked this morning and the two in pots are looking much better... the "original" plant i cant see as it's on the side of the garage.
Terese --Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi

Name: Elizabeth
Iowa, zone 5a
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conifers
Apr 23, 2010 2:08 PM CST
I understand your pain Terese, my 'Regal Splash' that I bought last year from Foxfire came back this year with two eyes. One, the large eye, has zero streaking. The small eye is starting to unfurl and appears to have some streaking, but nothing like it was last year. I'll dig up both eyes after some more rain and divide out the solid eye, planting somewhere else in the yard. I guess I can add 'Regal Splendor' to my haves list, but I'm still salty because I REALLY LIKED 'Regal Splash'.

If hostas were stable, then there would not be thousands of cultivars Rolling my eyes.
Elizabeth
Name: Terese
Central Florida, zone9b (Zone 9b)
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tcs1366
Apr 23, 2010 3:08 PM CST
>>because I REALLY LIKED 'Regal Splash'.

and as i recall, even on sale, it wasn't cheap.

do many undulatas revert?

if these turn out to be plain jane greens... they are going out in the "back forty" ... they just wont 'do it for me' anymore, and the leaves are so thin, I really wont care for it much.
Terese --Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi

Name: Terese
Central Florida, zone9b (Zone 9b)
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
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tcs1366
Apr 25, 2010 9:49 AM CST
I've been watering them and with the rain we've been getting... they are all perked up nicely.
Terese --Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi

Name: Terese
Central Florida, zone9b (Zone 9b)
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
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tcs1366
May 9, 2011 7:21 AM CST
OK -- remember last year i dug this up, took out all the green eyes and there were a lot of them... IIRC I had about 5 separate plants.

the ones I have left at home -- i took 2 pots to Wisc last summer...

well, low and behold... they are all looking normal... green with white!!

what's up with that??

I also found the cat is chewing on one of them...

I think i'm going to dig up what is popping up and put them back together. just not with the main plant.

very weird... or can this be normal??

also, from what i recall... by Aug time-frame, the plant is more green.

IT comes up a beautiful white with green margins... then by July or so, it mists over - then turns a more green. [i'll have to see what images i can find from late summer]

I dont understand how last year it comes up solid green, but this year it is white again. [with green margins]

any ideas??
Terese --Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi

Name: Autumn May
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rivada
May 23, 2011 6:45 PM CST
Why does the green make it "a shame", because it implies that it isn't pure?
Name: Terese
Central Florida, zone9b (Zone 9b)
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
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tcs1366
May 23, 2011 9:08 PM CST
rivada.... it was [temporarily] a shame because it was my most stunning hosta -- my absolute fave .... i was saddened to see it turn green so early in the season... but this year, it was back to normal. The 3 pieces that I took out, i have all back together again... the main plant is still in IL and the other pieces [which had the green leaves] i have up in Wisc, and it is back to it's beauty.

I asked this question on hallson's site and they said that it could have been stressed, turning green -- and that is common with Undulatas.
Terese --Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi

Name: Karen
Watertown, WI (Zone 5a)
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kaylyred
May 24, 2011 7:13 AM CST
I've decided to take a "wait and see" approach with reversions. My one and only streaker, 'Christmas Tree Gala,' is reverting to its stabilized form, 'Christmas Tree.' I could slice it up, but I think I'll leave it alone and let it do its thing.

I think I would've done the same thing you did with that gorgeous Foxfire hosta, though, Terese. I would've wanted to keep the green at bay. Sounds like what happened with yours showing up normal again this year is as good an argument as any for waiting a season before acting on a plant that appears to be greening up. Gardening sure is full of learning experiences.
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