Hi Ray and All,
This seems to happen to almost everyone. There are several things which might
cause this that I can think of, but you would have to dig the plants and examine
them to try to narrow it down. Sometimes voles or other pests have eaten away
the rhizome. Other times they appear to have rotted over the winter. I have seen
in plants dug in fall in which crown rot gets going in the area where
the flower scape meets the rhizome. Possibly, given the right conditions, this
could destroy a smaller plant, but would seem unlikely as the culprit in a large
mature one. Still other times they appear to be intact (not chewed or rotted)
and dead as a doornail. I have no idea what might be the cause for that. Rarely
they will appear healthy underground but refuse to send up any shoots. That
one's a mystery to me too. Any of these situations can disappear after a few
weeks as the dead or near-dead plant begins rotting away, taking with it these
clues to what might have happened. If a plant has failed to do what is expected,
it would be a good idea to dig it as soon as you are sure something's wrong. It
might not be too late too apply fungicides and save it. Leaving it too "sink or
swim" will usually result in your buying a new one.
suggest that all who are now experiencing this dig the plants and report here on
what you find. Some questions to answer are: Is it rotten? Wet rot or dry? All
or part? Unusual smell? Has it been eaten? How deep was the rhizome? Does it
look like it rotted away last year? What do the buds look like?
compare notes, maybe we can work together to get somewhere.
In a message dated 05/01/2001 11:30:18 PM Central Daylight
This has been so far a great year for some of my hostas; BUT
that some that were growing beautifully last year
are rather puny this
These are growing next to ones that are
exuberant in growth.
Anyone else notice the same?
Yes, and I hope someone explains this situation. I don't
think what has
happened in my garden is from lack of water, as Clyde
pointed out, these
stunted plants have appeared right next to others that
are doing great.
My stunted plants from 2000 (Blue Angel, Summer
Music, and Hadspen Blue) did
not come back this spring. At least 2 of the
3 are considered good growers.
Last year, I believe Bruce Banyai thought
some of the stunted plants may be
planted too deep. I am guessing this
would included plants that were planted
at the correct level but settled
Bruce is very knowledgeable, so I'm sure this would be
an explanation for at
least some of the problems, but I think there may
still be other
explanations. I hope other knowledgeable persons will offer
Rodgers, Bartonville, IL, CIHS, Zone 5