Hostas

Hostas are one of the easiest plants to grow in the garden.

They thrive in shady areas and provide a fantastic variety of foliage colours and textures. With sizes ranging from a few inches tall to a few feet, and colours from greens, yellows, and blues there is surely a hosta for every garden.


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Planting and Cultural Care For Hostas

Hostas are very hardy, adaptable and easy to grow plants that are principally known for their foliage. They come in a range of sizes from dwarf to giant, colors from solids of greens, blues and Bolds or variegations of mixed colors of edge or center. Flowers bloom from June thru September.

 

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Soil

Rich, slightly acid, well draining soil. We recommend mixing Sea Soil in with the existing soil to add nutrients when first planting.

Fertilization

A fertilizer high in nitrogen will be beneficial and give greater splendor to the foliage.

Watering

Hostas need regular watering especially during dry spells and in the summer

Propagation

Hostas can be left undisturbed indefinitely except when grown in containers (Hostas are excellent container plants). If division is necessary or desired, divide in the spring just as the plant is emerging from the ground so the new foliage is not damaged. It will not harm the plants to divide them at other times of the year but may leave the foliage in a distressed state.

Location

Hostas do best in shade or semi‐shade but it must be remembered that these are shade tolerant, not shade loving plants. The “blues” will take the most shade while the variegated and green varieties are happier with at least a part day’s sun. As a general rule, the gold and yellow colored varieties get their best coloring when given slightly more sun.

How to Plant

Dig a hole twice as wide and as deep as the pot. Carefully remove the Hosta from the pot and pace in the hole and cover with soil to the same level as it was in the pot. Water thoroughly.

When to Plant

In the Pacific Northwest, Hostas can be planted any time the soil is workable, whether the plant is growing or in its dormant stage.

Spacing

A good rule of thumb is to space plants 12‐20” apart for smaller leaved varieties and 24‐ 36” apart for medium and large leaved Hostas.

Diseases and Pests

Hostas are usually disease‐free and the only pests are slugs and snails. There are several slug and snail products on the market to keep them under control. Along with these products there are other natural and non‐chemical methods, which are available but usually require more diligence.

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