Cut down hostas HELP


My hostas were cut down completely by my landscaper last fall, needless to say I’m still very upset! The shoots are coming up on some, will they recover? Will the huge ones I had be just as big as before? Please help!

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  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Apr 26, 2021

    Hello. They should recover. I divide mine harshly with a knife or shovel chopping in segments and they recover well.

    Heres a link regarding inadvertent damag.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Apr 26, 2021

    They should recover but will be small. Starting over basically. Make sure to feed them.

  • Annie Annie on Apr 26, 2021

    That's good to hear you do have shoots coming up, the plant may be smaller but they will survive!

  • Maura White Maura White on Apr 26, 2021

    If you have shoots - then they are alive! It may take some time for them to get back to the original size - but they will! Give them extra fertilizer!

  • William William on Apr 26, 2021

    Hostas grow from tubers. Leaves can be cut back when they die off to allow for new growth. They will come back. You've got shoots than they will survive.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Apr 26, 2021

    hostas usually grow back even when cut down and may take time for them to regain their size all you can do otherwise is replace them

  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Apr 27, 2021

    They should grow back a bit

  • Yes they will be fine. They grow from a bulb so as long as you see the shoots it they will grow back like normal

  • Eve Eve on Apr 27, 2021

    Oh Adrienne thank you so much for responding, I’m wondering if they will grow out to be the size they were. I had a few that were around 3 feet in diameter, they also cut down all my lily of the valley. I see some shoots came up. I’m so disheartened because in 28 yrs they were never cut down, it looks horrible.

  • Betsy Betsy on Apr 27, 2021

    Hi Eve: They should recover, just care for them as you did before. You may lose some, but I think they will come back just as they were before. I'd give the landscaper a talking to! :)

    Good luck and don't worry.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Apr 28, 2021

    Hello Eve, They should do, Just a mater of time.

  • Hi there, my husband is a "cut it all down in fall" kind of gardener. It drives me nuts. He literally mows our hostas to the ground and every year they come back fuller and bigger than before. We're in the northeast, not sure if climate plays a part, but he's been doing it for 25 years and we have to thin them out every season they're so big.

  • Dolores Dolores on Apr 28, 2021

    Hostas are perennials, they will send up new shoots and will return each year. While they may not be quite as big and beautiful this year, they should recover fine by next season and I would find a new landscaper!

  • Eve Eve on Apr 29, 2021

    Thank you everyone! 😀

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