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Hosta > Wilted leaves

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Petiole Rot
Sclerotium rolfsii

  • Leaves, turn yellow, then brown, wilt and fall down
  • Older, outer most leaves are infected first, followed by younger inner leaves
  • Infected leaves come off easily and are brown and mushy at the base
  • Tiny tan to reddish brown hard spheres and white cottony growth can be seen at the base of infected leaves or in the soil around infected plants
  • Often seen after warm wet weather
  • More information on Petiole Rot
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  • Image: Cold damage 1
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Cold damage

  • Leaves may be puckered and cupped but do not have unusual color patterns
  • Leaf margins may be dark green, soft, water soaked, and wilted
  • New growth after cold period is healthy and normal looking
  • Common in early spring

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