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hosta problems - the nightmare

Hostas turned to mush+ACE- This sounds very frustrating. Have you had below
freezing weather since your hosta +ACI-buds+ACI- started showing? How tall are
your hosta buds? Had your hosta buds grown much before you uncovered
their growing area? I have seen hosta pips rot that had tried to come up
through a thick, damp layer of leaf mulch.

I have had  hosta pips freeze and turn to mush before. None this year
though. If a plant does turn to mush from freezing, the tissue will rot
and the rot can spread into healthy tissue.

I would suggest a systemic fungicide application to stop any further
rot. Benlate or Benomyl, Cleary's 3336, Daconil are some that come to

I have never had a rot problem on the scale that you are having.
Hopefully someone that has had the same problem will step forward with a

Dan Nelson
Bridgeville DE
zone 7
      +ACI-The future isn't what it use to be.+ACI-   Arthur C. Clarke

-----Original Message-----
+AD4-From: Stacy Holtzman +ADw-sholtzma+AEA-SUNFLOWER.BIO.INDIANA.EDU+AD4-
+AD4-Date: Friday, April 09, 1999 9:29 AM
+AD4-Subject: hosta problems - the nightmare
+AD4APg-Something terrible is happening to some of my hostas.  I need help.
+AD4APg-Remember the 'Misty Regal' death in my family?  Well, add to that 6-7
+AD4APg-plants, at least (we now have about a thousand total hosta plants).
+AD4APg-hostas are fine one week, buds completely turned to mush the next.
+AD4APg-the variables to consider:
+AD4APg-Some of these plants were grown in pots all summer, then planted in
+AD4APg-September in the ground.  Some, however, were planted in the ground in
+AD4APg-when obtained.
+AD4APg-Some are notoriously weak plants, like my 'Great Expectations,' while
+AD4APg-are very robust plants that have no variegation and have good
+AD4APg-This morning I about had a stroke when I noticed this mushiness on
+AD4APg-'Starboard Light.'  I think it's a goner. It was robust and full of
+AD4APg-last week+ACE-
+AD4APg-Some were all the way in the ground for the entire winter, while some
+AD4APg-hostas experienced some slight erosion away from the crown.  I have
+AD4APg-many plants like this that are very healthy.  I also topdress them as
+AD4APg-as I uncover the bed and notice this.
+AD4APg-These hostas have surprisingly good root systems+ADs- while some roots are
+AD4APg-rotted, most of the roots are white and starting to really grow.  I
+AD4APg-it's just a matter of time, though, before the whole thing goes.
+AD4APg-THESE HOSTAS HAD BUDS ON THEM LAST WEEK+ACE- This is what puzzles me the
+AD4APg-I would not be surprised if the hosta had trouble over our very wet
+AD4APg-weird winter, or if there was a vole tunnel (I have seen those too),
+AD4-but to
+AD4APg-have healthy buds on the plant one day, and then start to deteriorate,
+AD4APg-I really need some help+ACE-  Is it the weather?  Me?
+AD4APg-Stacy Holtzman
+AD4APg-Howard Hughes Medical Institute
+AD4APg-Bloomington, Indiana Z5b

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