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Old 07-25-2022, 07:37 PM
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I inherited a garden with many hostas, and for the most part they are their usual trouble-free selves. They are a mix of different varieties that I don't know the names of.

Last year, a couple of hostas developed blooms in summer that then looked sickly and never opened. I thought that this might be related to the extremely hot summer we experienced. I slavishly watered but all of the plants were slogging through the heat.

But this year we have had normal rainfall and a blissfully cool temps so the plants aren't suffering from heat. Yet these same three plants have the same sick-looking buds. They appear to form normally but then wilt and never open. The rest of the plant seems completely healthy.

Any suggestions? I've considered that perhaps it could be exposure to snowmelt or dog pee, given that these are planted in an urban parkway, but I have many hostas growing in these conditions and the rest of them are fine.

I have perhaps 100 hostas, perhaps half of them appear to be this particular variety, but only three of them are experiencing this. No other varieties are affected. Hostas are so hardy, I can't really find anything about what might be ailing these plants. Any suggestions? Photos attached.
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Old 07-26-2022, 01:04 AM
Location: Canada
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Well, I don't know why they went directly to seed but you certainly have a healthy looking crop of seed pods on the scapes.

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Old 07-31-2022, 07:37 PM
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Your hostas in question have definitely bloomed: perhaps you didn’t notice it -not all hostas have spectacular blooms, some are insignificant.

The proof is in the pudding so to speak: you clearly see seeds pods formed on one photo, and remnants of perhaps unpollinated flowers - typical for some hostas

Clean them up by cutting off the flowered stalks at the ground level for better appearance
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