Why did my varigated hosta’s only come up green this year? (We did have a very dry summer??)?

Question by kim: Why did my varigated hosta’s only come up green this year? (We did have a very dry summer??)?
My hostas in my garden are varigated and plain green. This yr. a deer got in and ate some of them. When they came back up they were all green. What happend to the varigated ones? Can I put anything on them to get the white part back? It was a very hot, dry summer, could this have some effect? Thanks.

Read answers:

Answer by redneckgardendiva
Many variegations will not maintain their identity, as they often have a tendency to revert back to their original more vigorous parents. If a solid green branch or shoot appears, then it should be removed immediately to retain the integrity of the variegated plant. Often seedlings will have streaked variegation when young, but will eventually settle down with age, either to and edge, center, or back to solid green.

I have one that’s trying to revert right now. I’ve also had sedums that do the same thing.

What do you think? Answer below…

One Response to “Why did my varigated hosta’s only come up green this year? (We did have a very dry summer??)?”

  1. dances_with_unicorns1955 says:

    You may want to try fertilizing with a low-nitrogen fertilizer (one that has a low first number on the label); this helps maintain the condition of the roots without overfeeding the leaves – if they’re too “happy” they will simply be green. If you have already tried that, then you may want to simply refrain from fertilizing your hostas for a season. As always continue to water regularly during the growing season and any time there is dry weather.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

* Copy This Password *

* Type Or Paste Password Here *