Where are my hostas?

catluv(8 Portland)March 22, 2013

Should I be worried that out of 10 + plants only one "eye" has emerged as of yet? I feel like everything else (bulbs) has come up "early" this year... right? Late last fall, after all the leaves had died, I removed them and divided three large mounds into several smaller ones, spacing them out because they had become quite crowded. Does it take longer for newly divided "eyes" to come up in the spring?

As a new, inexperienced gardener, I find myself going outside daily and anxiously surveying the flower beds, looking for any sign of the hosta eyes... I hope my dividing and spacing project last year didn't kill them off.

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gardengal48

Be patient :-) It's still very early in the season and none of mine are making much of a showing yet either. Give it a few weeks.

IME, it takes something akin to a nuclear blast to kill a hosta. No worries about dividing or transplanting.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 4:45PM
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plantknitter(8)

Re: "it takes something akin to a nuclear blast to kill a hosta''
or a mountain beaver........

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 1:42AM
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botann(z8 SEof Seattle)

....Or slugs.
They LOVE Hostas.
Mike

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 9:41PM
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gardengal48

Slugs may munch on 'em but they won't kill 'em! And some hostas are not considered by slugs to be very tasty. The rougher, more wrinkled the hosta foliage, the less likely they are going to be high on the slugs' menu.

Here is a link that might be useful: slug resistant hosta varieties

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 1:38PM
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toad_ca(z7b Bellingham, WA)

I'm in a cooler zone, and my hostas are just now poking up through the mulch. Though it has been a mild winter, some plants are smarter than those of us skipping around, tootling that it's SPRING!

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 7:55PM
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Karchita(WA Z8)

It's possible that if hostas are planted too deeply, they would emerge slowly in the spring. In my experience, they also in general are more vigorous and grow faster if they are planted a little bit high. The ones that do well for me have an inch or so of root visible at the soil surface around the eyes. I cover it with compost mulch, but they are that shallow.

If they are planted too deeply, they can decline and even disappear over time.

The good news is that if you think this is what happened, you can just dig them up now and replant them higher, and they will be fine. They are very tough and tolerant.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 2:27PM
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