Hostas forum: Why Did Blue Mouse Ears Not Bloom?

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Name: Dana
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bloominholes2fill
Jan 24, 2018 11:04 PM CST
Hello fellow hosta lovers! I've had Blue Mouse Ears in the location, shown in the photo, for 3 years. It is a very narrow bed at just 8 inches wide. They've grown lush all three seasons, but they bloomed for two seasons and not last season (2017). Could the reason be that they need thinning out (which I'll do this season) or could there be another issue?

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Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Jan 25, 2018 9:20 AM CST
They probably just needed to be thinned out. Had a neighbor that complained that her "plants" did not bloom anymore and that she was going to take them out and toss them! This was before I knew anything about hostas, having a new home and little money I asked if I could have them.
They were the Undulata hostas dug them all up (they were really packed in the space) spread them around and they bloomed.
They probably just need to be thinned, you had it correct.

They must enjoy where they are planted, they look great!
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Name: Dana
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bloominholes2fill
Jan 25, 2018 9:59 AM CST
Thank You! RJ!
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ViolaAnn
Mar 22, 2018 11:39 AM CST
I don't think the need to be thinned really affects the bloom. If they aren't blooming, the light may not be strong enough (hostas like a lot more light than people think) or other conditions might not have been right. If they are that close to the house, they may be under eaves of the roof and not get enough water, particularly in a dry year. The growing conditions can have a lot to do with whether or not the plant blooms.
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Name: Dana
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bloominholes2fill
Mar 22, 2018 8:43 PM CST
Thank You! @ViolaAnn They have bloomed beautifully for three years before last season. Shrug! The wall you see in the photo is of our Dinette, and it faces north. That portion of the pathway runs from West to East (the West was to my back when this photo was taken). They receive direct afternoon sun for two hours, when the sun shines between the house and garage, and then filtered sun until nightfall. The nearly flat roof on that Dinette doesn't have a gutter, so that water drains directly into that pathway, which is designed as a drainage system to disperse the water, and the rains blowing out of the Northwest hit that wall.

I'll post another photo or two, if I can find them. Smiling
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Name: Dana
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bloominholes2fill
Mar 22, 2018 10:13 PM CST
This photo was taken in 2016. After these hosta receive two hours of direct afternoon sun exposure, and as the sun moves around up until nightfall, the Cardinal Flower, on the left, shades the hosta. They've bloomed for three years in this microclimate. Last year, I tore out the Cardinal Flower, and Sky Pencil Holly has taken its place. They are still small and not filled out yet, so, for now, these hosta receive filtered sunlight through the lattice, as the sun moves around.
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