Tips On Growing Huge, Healthy Hostas

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Hosta plants are simply great! They look good, they come back each and every year and they really just add a nice touch to a person’s yard. So how can you grow hostas?

Location Is Key!

  • Light: While known as shade plants, hostas actually prefer dappled sunlight or morning sun (3-4 hours). Too much sun scorches leaves, while too little light stunts growth.
  • Soil: Hostas love rich, well-draining soil with lots of organic matter. Amend your planting bed with compost or composted manure for happy roots.
  • Space: Consider the mature size of your hosta variety and plant accordingly. Do not crowd them!

Water Them Wisely!

  • Consistency is key: Hostas need consistent moisture, especially during the first few years. Weekly deep watering (soaking the root zone) is better than frequent shallow watering.
  • Mulch matters: Apply a 2-3 inch layer of mulch around your hostas to retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature.

Feed Them!

  • Breakfast of champions: Hostas benefit from a balanced fertilizer in early spring. You can also add a slow-release fertilizer at planting time.
  • Soil test for success: Test your soil to see what nutrients it might be lacking and amend accordingly.

Be Patient

  • Growing giants takes time: Some hosta varieties take 5-7 years to reach their full potential size.
  • Leave it be: Hostas dislike being moved, so find the perfect spot from the start.