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Hosta not budding

I've planted a few hosta in my backyard last summer. They were growing very well throughout the season and I did not cover them with anything in winter, as I was told that was unnecessary.

However, i dont see any of them start budding until now. is that normal?
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Well, first of all - where are you?

Second- did you cut them back in the fall?

Third - have you watered them?
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Thanks Walleye! Very sad to see them not budding..

1. Richmond Hill, ON.
2. I did not cut them in fall.
3. I always watered them.
walleye*guy wrote: Well, first of all - where are you?

Second- did you cut them back in the fall?

Third - have you watered them?
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Okay, they should be starting.
Gently remove the dead growth, by hand.
You’ll see where the plants are and feel around carefully, just below soil level. You don’t want to feel a mushy plant. Should be firm. If the ground is dry, water throughly.

I meant, did you water yet this spring? Sorry, my bad
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You'll be fine, hostas just coming up now for certain varieties. I have one that's almost halfway done, and two that are still at the 'small spikes' stage. It's just been so ridiculously cold that plants are all delayed - I have early spring plants coming up now.
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Realistically they should be up by now in your location but who knows, wouldn't give up on them yet.
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grumble wrote: You'll be fine, hostas just coming up now for certain varieties. I have one that's almost halfway done, and two that are still at the 'small spikes' stage. It's just been so ridiculously cold that plants are all delayed - I have early spring plants coming up now.
This.

They are pretty much a Perennial you CANNOT KILL
Even here in Eastern Ontario where we get plenty of Winter Days @ -20 or worse
They just need the ground to thaw out / warm up a bit
Spring 2020 has been unseasonably cold ... and late
(We’ve had Frost Warnings here all week )

In Richmond Hill they’ll be perfectly fine.

PS... RFD Newbie Tip ... add a location to your RFD Profile it will serve you well when using this National / Canadawide website
As things differ so much NFLD to BC ... and Windsor to Iqualuit
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Thanks very much everyone!! Really appreciated!
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"Thanks" and then banned? :)

Kinda hard to kill Hosta, so likely just a bit late like other said.

Have so many in my yard. Dug out a clump last fall that I didn't want anymore, threw it upside down on some dirt at a corner of backyard. It's budding and growing this spring still....
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Mine are just starting to poke out of the ground now.
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PointsHubby wrote: This.

They are pretty much a Perennial you CANNOT KILL
Even here in Eastern Ontario where we get plenty of Winter Days @ -20 or worse
They just need the ground to thaw out / warm up a bit
Spring 2020 has been unseasonably cold ... and late
(We’ve had Frost Warnings here all week )

In Richmond Hill they’ll be perfectly fine.

PS... RFD Newbie Tip ... add a location to your RFD Profile it will serve you well when using this National / Canadawide website
As things differ so much NFLD to BC ... and Windsor to Iqualuit
Lol amen to that I've taken hostas that grew into monstrous beasts and chopped them into quarters with 0 precision, replanted them and they're growing incredibly well over the past 3 years. Funnily enough there's even remnants of the old monster hosta where I guess I didn't catch all the roots.

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