Growing & Caring For Hostas Plants
If you’re in an area where the landscape requires large, green, lush planting… look no further than Hostas Plants. Hostas known as plantain lilies provide an excellent foliage effect.
Though mainly known for their attractive foliage, the plants also produce lovely flowers during the summer in fragrant pink, lavender, or white. Hummingbirds love the flowers.
How to Grow Hostas Plants?
Plant hostas in evenly moist, humus-rich soil in light to full shade. Hostas plants are tough, versatile, and adaptable. Filtered sun is best for the colorful varieties to reach their full potential, especially gold and blue forms.
The green-leaved varieties are the most shade tolerant. Most species need protection from too much direct sunshine, especially hot afternoon sun when temperatures are high. Variegated varieties, especially those with a lot of white in the leaves, burn very easily. Blue-leaved varieties willto green with too much direct sun. Plants with thick and waxy leaves are better adapted to dry soil conditions than thin-leaved ones, but none will thrive or even survive with dry or thin soil.
Hostas emerge late in the season but quickly unfurl to fill their allotted space. They grow slowly and may take two to four years to attain their full size, longer for the largest species and cultivars. Allow plenty of room when you plant to accommodate for their mature size. Small varieties spread three times as wide as they are tall. Medium-size varieties spread twice their height, and the larger varieties are at least as wide as they are tall.
Where to Plant Hostas?
Hostas are the mainstays of the shade garden. Their luscious foliage is unparalleled for accent and groundcover effect. Plant hostas with ferns, wildflowers, andon the north side of a house or under the canopy of large trees. Use them as specimens or accents on the shaded side of a shrub border or under flowering trees. In the darkest recesses between buildings, under carports, or in narrow passages, hostas will grow and thrive if the soil is rich and moist.
These beautiful hostas plants are low maintenance and are available in many varieties, colors, sizes ranging from few inches to few feet. They can have bold patterns or subdued colors.
Some of the popular varieties grown today are:
- Hosta Guacamole
- Old Glory
- Blue ivory
- Abiqua Drinking Gourd
- Cool as cucumber
- June Spirit
- Mouse Ears
- Empress Wu
- Northern Exposure
- Blue Angel
- Grand Tiara
- Praying hands
- Wishing well
- Virginia reel
- Fire Island
- Prairie Sky
When Can Hostas Be Divided?
The hostas should ideally be divided at the beginning of spring when they sprout. They can be moved or divided at any point of time however, it becomes difficult once they have grown substantially
One needs a knife for moving a grown Hosta plant and it is advised that the knife should be dipped in fungicide before to avoid any harmful effects on the plant.
The basic idea of dividing the plant in spring is, that the plant is young and still in the foliar stage, hence it can adjust to new surroundings without getting affected.
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