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11/06/2014 at 09:01

Mark, your photo is lovely.  What is the name of the hosta on the right hand side of the photo with the golden leaves?

Hostafan - thanks for posting a photo of the hosta with the virus.  It's certainly one for us to watch out for.   Are you going to remove the Gold Standard?

Does anyone have an answer for Bal about taking the lid of the propagator?  (near to the top of this page). 



11/06/2014 at 11:47

I've just had a reply from the guy who runs a hosta nursery I use, I've posted his reply for your information:

Hello Andrew, lovely to hear from you, perhaps though not on the virus front though! Sorry to have to say that it is HVX on the gold standard. Best thing to do is to dig them out, and all the soil around them that might contain any root fragments, skip the lot, then put some clean soil in the hole. I still wouldn't risk planting any hostas there for a few years, Heucheras or Iris or something maybe, for a few years until any Hosta root has completely rotted away. I'd probaboy buy a spade specially for the task as well, then dispose of that too, just as a belt and braces approach.

11/06/2014 at 14:10

It's great to have professional advice.  How many of your hostas are effected?  It's a serious business this virus.  Btw, sorry to confuse you with the two Hosta threads.  I thought the last one had kind of had it's day, especially with the title but I so love having a Hosta thread so that we can see pictures of everyone's hostas and keep learning about these fantastic plants, hence the new general thread just called Hostas. 

11/06/2014 at 21:59

it was my mistake, Not paying attention at an early hour.

It's just 2 of a group of 3, but they were split from one clump, so it's nighty night for the 3 of them.

11/06/2014 at 22:22

  I guess the only positive is that you can contain it to 3. 

11/06/2014 at 22:51

Is that a Praying Hands hosta, OP?

Very pretty.

20/06/2014 at 21:45

Just got a praying hands and you are right - they are lovely


20/06/2014 at 21:49

Oh, your garden looks lovely Tray14.  The praying hands looks very unusual - it's great!  Your other hostas are doing well

I'm just waiting for my last one to open properly and then I'll post you a photo of "Hosta Corner"

21/06/2014 at 12:29
CharleyD wrote (see)

Mark, your photo is lovely.  What is the name of the hosta on the right hand side of the photo with the golden leaves?

Sorry about the late reply CharleyD

Do you mean the one in the foreground?

That's First Frost.




23/06/2014 at 21:50

CD - look fwd to seeing your pics of Hosta Corner- saw a beautiful display of Praying Hands at NEC Garden show and of others - want a bigger garden now - I'll have a chat with the neighbours - LOL 

20/07/2014 at 11:33

hi all see this forum has been deed for a long time now. hope you are all well and just busy with work. As you all know I got some nice hostas at the beginning of the year and two that I really wanted were blue blue Hawaiian and titanic both of the hostas were ment to be huge.

well I got a problem with them they are both ment to be slug and snail resistant, (and yes I do know that dose not mean slug proof LOL) well they are small and eaten to shreds all my there hostas are just fine and growing very well indeed.i have tried egg shells, slug pellets and bear traps none has worked my to prise hostas are just terrible I could cry can some one here help maybe Hostafan1 if he sees this post

20/07/2014 at 13:26

Haven't seen Hostafan on here for a while - was asking after him just the other day   I hope he's ok and is enjoying his garden.

I've got big chunky hostas that have never been troubled by slugs before, but this year they're quite lacy in places. 

I think the thing is that after last winter (or rather the lack of it) slugs have increased in size and number - hopefully we'll get a proper winter this year and it will reduce them to more manageable proportions.


20/07/2014 at 13:52
20/07/2014 at 17:32

I was talking to a hosta grower at RHS Hampton Court, and he recommended the large, blue, ridged hostas for my garden, which is plagued with slugs and snails.  He suggested placing the pellets some few inches from the actual plant, as they are attracted to them, they then consume them and die  before reaching the hosta.  I've got smaller green varieties growing in pots, which have been demolished this year, but looked really good last year.  Probably due to the mild, wet winter. Copper works quite well. In the past, I have put the terracotta pots into an attractive copper pan.

20/07/2014 at 22:42

Hi Anthony.  I've missed all my hosta friends!  I too was wondering where Hostafan had got to.  I posted a photo of all my new hostas on a separate new thread quite a while ago but none of my hosta friends seemed to be around at the time.  I'll comment on it so it brings it back up to the top so you can have a look, but I think they've grown quite a lot since I posted the photos.

I've found that the copper rings have worked well.  Plus slug pellets on the outside of the copper rings for the belt and braces approach.  So far so good.  I can send you the link if you want. 

21/07/2014 at 10:10
21/07/2014 at 12:15

Anthony, this is the link for the copper rings:-

I reposted the pictures of my hosta corner on the other thread last night.  I think at the moment it's on page 2 of latest posts so you should be able to find it.



24/07/2014 at 09:26

thankyou charley  I did find them your garden is lovely just wish mine was that big lol


25/07/2014 at 12:56

update to my hosta's my blue Hawaiian hosta has stopped growing and there is a hole in the middle after talking to bowdens they are sending out a new one will be with me on Wednesday. here is some pics of the others that are growing very well. PS my fire and ice is going to flower after thee years

sorry for the open flower that is out of focus



25/07/2014 at 15:25

Oh Hosafan you have a very beautiful garden

This is my plant I bought it when it only had like 2 leaves

 This was it's size last year

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