Cutting back Hostas

callalilykris(z5b MI)August 27, 2012

Hi

I have several hostas that were burned due to the extreme heat (98-100 degrees) for several days which is highly unusual for Michigan at the beginning of July. We also had to have a tree cut down in the front yard which increased the sun exposure immensely. My question is this. Is it Ok to cut them all the way to the ground right now and will they come back for the rest of the summer?

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

many will tell you its a good way to spread virus ...

but if you are just talking about some ho hum run of the mill.. grandmas had these in the yard for a century.. you probably havent introduced and virus to your yard.. so it MIGHT NOT be an issue .... just do it ... [though it would be godo for you to learn enough to ID virus.. before you start .. i think there is a tutorial at the hosta library. ???]

the problem is.. that right now.. a healthy plant is storing energy.. to come up in spring.. if yours reflush.. your are using energy now.. and that can mean.. that they might be a bit smaller next year.. if they cant add energy with the new leaves....

personally.. having 5 acres.. i would ignore them.. and let them do what ever they want..

but if yours are bugging you.. and you just have to do something.. just knock yourself out..

ken

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