So here is a healthy dream queen in its second year from a mere division.
This Spring I purchased an older dream queen from a grocery store, which I will never do again. Something about it didn't seem right after planting. The green grew super dark, like it was saturated. Granted we got a ton of unexpected rain AND the soil where it was, was likely just too moist (and largely clay).
(note - excessive glisten is because I washed it off)
It also had a stalk up the center and sprouted more hosta leaves, like a second story hosta, and I wondered if it was a mutation. As that part of the plant really began to suffer, I chopped it off:
Upon close examination I did not spot tobacco or X symptoms. No ink bleed, no vein damage, nothing quite like everything I've researched. After relocating and slicing away all of the "saturated" parts I found new DQ leaves sprouting up from the soil under it and they have the light/healthy green start that my other DQ is showing.
So my question is. What is your guys' experiences with over-watering and how it affects the appearance of a hosta? What about the "second tier" on the Dream Queen - normal, mutation, ? How dark does the green on your DQs get?
Should I just put it out of its misery or wait and see?