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19/05/2013 at 17:38

I usually remove flowering stalks from my hostas so that they build up strong crowns - I grow hostas for their architectural leaves, not the flowers.   

But, one of my Blue Angels is throwing up a really fat looking flower spike - shall I be strong and remove it, or shall I let curiosity win and let it flower?

Of course, as we're leaving to go on holiday on Friday, we might miss the flower anyway.

What would you do?

19/05/2013 at 18:05

Hosta flowers last forever - will still be there when you get back.

I would let it flower - if you don't like it then you know you're not missing anything when you give it a chop in future years !

19/05/2013 at 18:28

Ialways let mine flower, some of them are very good. And it makes up for the holey leaves when the gastropods have visited

19/05/2013 at 18:51

yes let it flower you could be in for a nice surprise and have a lovely holiday

19/05/2013 at 19:09
19/05/2013 at 20:24

No, I would remove the flower stems.

More will replace them but, more importantly, your hosta will use its energy to produce bigger leaves.  I notice that slugs n snails are attracted to the hosta flowers so for some hostas I do not allow them to flower.  When the flowers are going over the local slug radio encourages the whole population to them

19/05/2013 at 20:52

I always let my hostas flower.  I like the form, the subtle colours and the way they last and attract bees.  Some are also scented.   Never noticed extra slugs visiting them in flower and a healthy hosta is not going to be weakened by flowers which I always cut off when spent so they don't waste energy on seed.

If you're going away for a long holiday, you may as well cut them as you'll miss them and just come home to spent heads.    If it's only for a week or two then by all means leave them to enjoy when you get home.

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19/05/2013 at 21:02

I notice over time that when the flowers are declining so too does the foliage.  I did some experiments once to compare.  Those having their flowers removed kept their foliage in top condition for longer.

However. I do let some flower and I enjoy them for same reasons obelixx stated.....form,colour n scent.  Where grown for pure foliage contrast to their neighbours I remove flowers.  

 

19/05/2013 at 22:39

I leave mine to flower, as well, and it certainly hasn't affected them adversely as two are over five feet across!

It is true that they flower very late (or mine do, anyway) and the dying flowers do signal deteriorating leaves, too, but since that's usually late September it's not a problem.

20/05/2013 at 06:47

I think that, all things considered, I shall remove this flower spike.  The plant is one of a group of three and I'd like them all to develop at around the same rate - as this is the only one that is flowering this early I'm concerned that if it puts energy into flowering it may get left behind by the others.  They were only planted last year so maybe when they're a bit bigger I'll let them flower.

Thanks for your help folks!

20/05/2013 at 07:48

I only keep the white ones ...just a personal preference Dove as I simply don't like the colour of the lilac varieties- too wishy washy for me! 

20/05/2013 at 09:01

Oh you are a fastidious, fussy, fanciful, fickle,  follyfull-flippant fairy...Fairygirl.  Surely you can use your wand to improve the colour of your lilac...wishy washy ..... Flowers!  ......ha ha

 

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