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One of my latest additions to the garden is a hosta Frances Williams which has two enormous flower heads on it. Now, if I cut them off, would it encourage more leaves to grow?



no, it wouldn't make a difference. Hostas need a year or two to really look their best. Last year I got a small one from the supermarket for a couple dollars. It was a dinky, scrawny little thing, maybe 5 leaves, but I liked the leaf pattern. Well, this year, it's an entirely different plant. It is glorious and I hardly recognize from last year. I left the flower spike to bloom.

Keep it moist, weed free, and space to reach its full potential. I just googled your Hosta and that's the one I've been talking about. That's mine! I just posted a picture of it in the main photo gallery if you want to see it. It never had a name tag but thanks for naming it. It puts out really nice trumpet shaped flowers. I would leave it.

18 May, 2016


just dead head it after it has flowered so it doesn't try to make seed which will take energy from the new leaf growth.

18 May, 2016


Thank you both, I shall just have to be patient.

18 May, 2016


In three years, you can divide it and have two or more.

18 May, 2016

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