American Hosta Society Convention 2018

Philadelphia

How To Care For A Hosta

The first thing you need to give your hosta is shade. A few hours of sun in the morning can be tolerated, but no more. You don't want to plant the hosta in full sun because it will burn. Blue hostas have the worst tolerance to direct sunlight.

Plant the hosta in a loose and well-drained soil rich in organic matter. This will ensure fast growth and no health problems for the hosta. Almost any soil can be improved by adding organic matter to it.

Water the hosta when the soil has dried out a bit. Use enough water to keep the soil moist. Avoid watering too often as this can lead to petiole rot. Do not water hostas in the winter.

Protect the hosta from slugs. Use traps or iron phosphate for this purpose. Young leaves are the most susceptible to snail damage.

Spray the leaves with an aqueous solution of fungicide if small brown spots appear on them. Also avoid planting hostas too close together. Air should move easily between the bushes.

Only transplant the hosta in early spring when young shoots have emerged. Avoid damaging the roots when replanting. Water the transplanted hosta immediately with plenty of water.

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