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28/05/2014 at 23:31

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

29/05/2014 at 09:06

09/06/2014 at 22:50

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) 

10/06/2014 at 04:20

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

10/06/2014 at 08:15

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

10/06/2014 at 08:36

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.

10/06/2014 at 08:46

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)

10/06/2014 at 09:00

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.

10/06/2014 at 11:16

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?

10/06/2014 at 11:19

Sorry *Lacy Belle

10/06/2014 at 14:07

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....

10/06/2014 at 14:18

Oh, how awful.  I found this link on the Hosta Virus X

which will hopefully help everyone on this forum at least be aware of what it looks like.

Thanks Hostafan for raising our awareness on this. 


10/06/2014 at 18:40

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

10/06/2014 at 18:53

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

10/06/2014 at 19:27

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. 

10/06/2014 at 20:24

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 

10/06/2014 at 20:53


11/06/2014 at 00:15

 My small collection of Hostas

11/06/2014 at 08:23

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.  

11/06/2014 at 08:40

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.  

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