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Old 05-08-2014, 12:26 PM
 
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These hostas were bought and planted at exactly the same time. They grew the same for several years, also. Then last year the one on the left came up like this. *sigh*

Can I just give the smaller one extra water and some fertilizer and get it to catch up to the other one? I never fertilize anything, and I don't give extra water except in extreme drought.

I would love to have these all under the base of this tree, but I have never found any more for sale by that name. The tag called them "Fried Bananas". I have seen some called "Guacamole" that seem to be similar....maybe they changed the name? Does that ever happen in the gardening industry? I have included a close-up of the leaves in case there is a hosta expert here than can tell me what's going on with the name of these.
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Old 05-09-2014, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Aiken, South Carolina, US of A
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Luv,
I don't know the name of your hosta, but why aren't you fertilzing your
plants? You can give it a little miracle grow to give it a boost.
If you never fertilized it, it probably needs it now, the soil needs nutrients.
I use Miracle grow on my plants, always, I use cow manure, I use alfalfa pellets,
whatever I have on hand.
You have to give back to the earth, what you take out of it.
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Old 05-09-2014, 09:39 PM
 
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.... why aren't you fertilzing your
plants?
I mean, chemical fertilizers. In years past I have made gobs of compost and thrown it out every year, but nothing more than that. And I use leaves as mulch (in other words, I leave them where they fall, LOL), which attracts earthworms, which fertilize and aerate for me!

I'm lazy. LOL

Seriously, I'm in my 50s and I have fibromyalgia, so I don't have time to coddle stuff. It either grows on its own (and I have plenty of things that have done just that) or it doesn't make it and it gets replaced by something else that does. Most of what I plant these days is just stuff that's doing well somewhere in my yard so I move part of it somewhere else in the yard. And I have a lot of native wildflowers.

Y'all should see the purple coneflowers that came up from seed around the compost pile and I moved to the flower bed. One of them is about 5 feet high!
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Old 05-10-2014, 03:00 PM
 
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Sorry about the duplicate post....I posted this by mistake first on the Arkansas forum, then couldn't delete it, so just came right over here and posted it, and then a mod moved it for me....so now there are two.
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