Hostas forum: Is this Hosta Virus X? Or iron deficiency?

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Utah (Zone 7a)
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SpringGreenThumb
Jul 5, 2017 12:59 AM CST
And typical of chlorosis the newer leaves are more affected. This particular Hosta GE is pushing out a flush of new growth...

Trying to grow fast. The darkveins in between yellowing looks the same on the Hosta as the daylily and Iris.

The bi-color shadow between what is the deep blue and deep green is what gives it the illusion of bleeding at first sight.

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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Jul 5, 2017 6:27 AM CST
Trying watering it with some Epsom Salts in the water. The chlorosis is often cause by a lack of magnesium.
Ann

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Utah (Zone 7a)
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SpringGreenThumb
Jul 5, 2017 2:34 PM CST
Thankyou! Yes, I will.
Utah (Zone 7a)
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SpringGreenThumb
Jul 5, 2017 7:07 PM CST
Thankyou! Yes, I will.
Utah (Zone 7a)
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SpringGreenThumb
Jul 9, 2017 11:39 AM CST
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6 hours after 1 dose of Epsom salts, iron, and sprinkled coffee grounds the green color is starting to return into the leaf.

Hopefully I can get it turn that Rich blue again.
Name: Connie
Edmonton, Alberta area (Canada (Zone 3a)
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conniepr27
Jul 9, 2017 12:32 PM CST
That's impressive!
Utah (Zone 7a)
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SpringGreenThumb
Jul 9, 2017 12:58 PM CST
Yes.... my confidence in this little Hosta is renewed. I think together we can help it make a full recovery.

I named it "Happy". This is what I call it when I talk to it as I take care of it.

I think plants can feel emotions and respond. I want it to feel my love for it and be beautiful for me.
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Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Jul 9, 2017 7:43 PM CST
Since no one has said this. I would not keep it in the house. Just my thought. Being dug up, Placed in a pot and brought inside is only going to stress you and the plant when it starts to look poorly.

I have seen many people on hosta forums go overboard with fear and it turns out it was not necessary and they have killed a plant because one leaf from being summer stressed. JMO
Utah (Zone 7a)
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SpringGreenThumb
Jul 9, 2017 10:54 PM CST
Good idea. ... gonna plant the pot with the plant inside back outside into the ground.
Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Jul 9, 2017 11:22 PM CST
I do not think you have to bury it. It just needs to be outside. I have a lot of Hostas in the pots on the patio. Just keep it moist and out of the sun especially since it has been in the house. The leaves might burn with too much sun.

It will do so much better outside with air and rain water. I collect rain water for my plants it is miracle juice. Hilarious!
Utah (Zone 7a)
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SpringGreenThumb
Jul 10, 2017 12:06 AM CST
I have an irrigation Sprinkler system.

Our rainfall is too low. We might get a couple inches in the next three months. It's a heat wave out here.
Utah (Zone 7a)
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SpringGreenThumb
Jul 10, 2017 12:10 AM CST
I agree.... I panicked. I hope this plant recovers. I definitely stressed it by lifting it out of the ground in this heat wave. But better safe than sorry.

Every experience is a learning experience. I'll respond better next time.
Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Jul 11, 2017 9:56 AM CST
You will get the hang of it after awhile. The leaves are beautiful in the Spring. As summer goes on and it heats up I have learned the leaves start to not look so pretty.

My garden is total dark shade and I still get some Spring leaves that look bad in the summer. You will learn the longer you grow hostas to see the difference and not panic.

Soon you will be able to tell the next newbie. "Don't panic, Hot dry summers make a few leaves kinda ugly."
Name: Linda
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chickhill
Jul 19, 2017 10:34 PM CST
Would I be out of line if I posted a photo of a hosta I saw today that looks sick?
Have read this thread through and was wondering if I would even know what Virus X looked like. Thank You!
Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Jul 19, 2017 10:38 PM CST
Post the photo, and variety
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Name: Linda
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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chickhill
Jul 19, 2017 11:30 PM CST
Thank you, the plant looks sick to me. Saw at Lowe's today
Oops it's August Moon. Their hosta stay under the roof. All 3 plants looked like that. Other varieties around those sick looking, all looked normal.
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Utah (Zone 7a)
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Jul 19, 2017 11:49 PM CST
What variety is it?
Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Jul 20, 2017 10:09 AM CST
Looks like the sun has bleached the plant leaves.
Name: Linda
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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chickhill
Jul 20, 2017 5:03 PM CST
I found some very good info on hostalibrary.org. Will keep on reading
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Jul 20, 2017 8:42 PM CST
I'm not familiar with the variety but I don't like the looks of the leaf in the lower right corner. Certainly looks like some ink bleed to me. Some of the others looked a bit questionable too. But I wouldn't even consider buying a hosta from Lowe's unless I were planning to keep it in a pot separated from the others for at least 2 years.

The pictures in the Hosta Library show a clear gold or chartreuse plant and the leaves on most of the pictures are somewhat wider, but that may be a function of maturity.

http://www.hostalibrary.org/a/...
Ann

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