Hosta - Knowledgebase Question

Horn Lake, MS (Zone 7B)
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Question by tgrblue1
May 1, 2007
My Hosta's have been in the ground about a month and until the last week or so, have been thriving. Now I have several leaves on each plant that are turning brown. They are in a shady bed with mulch and are watered by sprinkler every few days. What is wrong?

Answer from NGA
May 1, 2007
I'd cut off the affected leaves. Leaves can develop brown margins if they get too much sun or are near a lawn that is regularly fertilized (nitrogen burn). However, there are other possible causes: if the spots are random and tan to brown, it could be fungal leaf spot. Remove severely infected leaves, and minimize wet foliage. If the spots are brown and clustered, it could be damage from the Four-lined plant bug. If the leaves are mottled (called ringspots), it might be a Mottling Deformity Virus. Laboratory identification is needed to determine which type of virus, and management strategy.

Hope this information helps!

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