Hostas forum: My hostas are small...

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lyndie52
Jul 31, 2015 3:23 PM CST
Hello,

I have several hostas that are usually quite large. this year the leaves are small and the plants are hardly growing. We had a lot of rain this spring and summer. But, now it is quite dry. Although, i noticed this before it got dry.

Does anyone know what causes this? Oh, also, it seems to be in just one area of my garden.

thanks in advance.

Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
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riverman123
Aug 1, 2015 8:24 PM CST
could be the soil is running low on nutrients...? or perhaps a lack of water is the answer...? im pretty good with hostas, we have nearly 70 of them in our various shade gardens, but ive never experienced this problem before. or perhaps the plants in question are on their way out...
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Aug 2, 2015 1:19 AM CST
I have noticed mine seem to be a bit smaller and it is not for lack of rain! I added 2 more Sum and Substance and another Stained Glass. I love getting those BIG pots of plants. It takes so long to grow them in the garden.
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Aug 3, 2015 9:22 AM CST
Did you have a lack of rain LAST year? That could affect the size of the hostas this year.
Ann

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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
Consider the lilies of the field
Seller of Garden Stuff Irises Hostas Region: Kentucky Lilies Peonies
Region: United States of America Garden Photography Vegetable Grower Hummingbirder Cat Lover Heucheras
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bluegrassmom
Aug 3, 2015 9:50 AM CST
Yes, we had a shortage last year.

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