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Re: Summer dormancy? (First signs)


Mike,
I bet what you are seeing are the fruiting bodies of Southern
Blight(Sclerotium rolfsii). The are smaller than a B-B, reddish brown in
color,
and look very much like birdseed.

 I think almost all hostas come back on their own as you described yours as
doing. The problem is that these fruiting bodies are in the soil just
waiting for the right conditions to come back to life and cause the same
type of rot again and again year after year.

Southern Blight can also spread around your garden.

I have had 4 cases this year in my hostas.

I do hope what you are seeing are seeds.

Doom and Gloom Nelson
Bridgeville DE
zone 7
-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Groothuis <mike.groothuis@worldnet.att.net>
To: hosta-open@mallorn.com <hosta-open@mallorn.com>
Date: Friday, July 17, 1998 7:05 PM
Subject: Re: Summer dormancy? (First signs)


>The first signs of this were the browning at the tips of the leaves, like
typical
>crown rot. Then within a days time, the clump seemed to fall open, exposing
the
>center as the leaves continues to rot. As I was pulling the leaves off,
there was
>a granular substance down around the base of the petioles. It looked like
>birdseed. I thought it might be slow release fertilizer, but after closer
>examination, it was some type of seed.
>
>Mike Groothuis
>
>
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