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Yarrow, I am indeed in hosta heaven, but I've never claimed to be Hosta Guru. I'd love to be able to name yours, but I can't.I wish I could though. Sorry. xx


Hi all 3of my 20hosta seeds haver germinated. Should I take the lid of the propagator off now or leave it on till the others start to germinate( if they will) 

Oh wow Bal, how exciting!  I don't know the answer to your question but I'm sure someone on the forum will. 

Added to my own hosta collection.........albeit a limited buying gold standard yesterday.  Anyone growimg this?  Apparently it prefers sun 



I have gold standard, but a couple of them seem to have a virus so they might have to head to council re-cycling.I don't even want them in my compost bins.

It does prefer sun, if it's too shady the gold becomes green.

Oh, what sort of virus Hostafan?   Was going to get another gold standard this morn but I won't now.  Does virus seem to spread to other hostas?  Perhaps a limit on hosta numbers is advisable? 

(I am aware that if too many plants of one type are grown pests and diseases are worse.  I have had more helleborus black spot over past 2 years ......always disease free a few years back......for example so will hold back on adding any more)

Just checked out info re hosta virus(x).  Bit alarming.  Will check all my plants including gold standard.  It seems growing them in a more open sunny position makes them less susceptible to this virus.

Back from the shops ... and I seem to have purchased two lovely new hostas. Lady Belle and Dinner Jacket.   Ha ha, not sure how that happened!  My hosta corner will now contain 9 lovely hostas.

Hostafan, what does the hosta virus look like on the hostas?  Is it specific to the Gold Standard?

It seems a hosta virus is affecting lots of hostas.  

I understand,the virus can cross into other types of plants via sap......on hands,knives, etc.  ......not by aphids though, apparently. I will clean hands, tools,etc., when I divide or cut any hosta. The virus is quite distinctive apparently.....odd green lines on the leaf pattern.  Bit disconcerting....

anthony mcglen

Hi charleyD found the forum  lol. will follow and post here now

Hmmmm, scary imformation.  I shall be keeping a daily watch on my gold Standard. 


I'll see if I can take a photo tomorrow morning before I go to work.  

Verdun, It's not unique to Gold Standard, nor indeed is GS more susceptible to virus, but it's just coincidence that mine has it, and you've just bought one. 


No hostafan I realise that.  It seems any variegated or blue hosta is susceptible .  Garden hygiene ....if plamts are already healthy.....seems to be the key 

Mark 499

 My small collection of Hostas


Hosta Gold Standard seems to have virus. I posted this earlier, but it seems to have disappeared. Those top and left seem to be infected, the lower right seems ok.  

Probably best to keep hostas apart Hostafan.  

Tend to feel that viruses can be beaten by resilient plants....and people.....thereby making plants resistant in future.  If they survive the virus initially.