Hosta Leaves Turning Yellow - Knowledgebase Question

Fairfield, OH
Question by nkunkel
July 26, 1999
I have recently planted Hosta's in my front yard. Only one of the plants is getting yellow leaves. This yellow starts at the tip of the leave and eventually takes the entire leave stem and all. It is under a dwarf tree but so is another hosta that is not having the problem. I do not see any bugs or black spots on the underside of the leaves.
what might be the problem? Should hosta's be watered every day?


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Answer from NGA
July 26, 1999

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It sounds like a drainage problem. Hostas react to poor drainage by yellowing and dropping their leaves. The best solution would be to dig up the hostas and work a three inch thick layer of peat moss or compost into the area to improve drainage and then replant. You may sever some of the tree roots, but the tree should be fine.


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