Hosta-Mania has begun here at Dambly’s and it is no surprise why this is one of the best times of the year for our customers. If there was a popularity poll for perennials, hostas would be right on the top of the charts! They are a staple of shady garden spots and a top choice due to their lush foliage. When properly planted, they are low-maintenance and make a great ground cover. Hostas are a wonderful investment as well because they are very easy to divide and spread, making them a cost-effective solution for large areas of your yard.
How to Plant Hostas
- When to Plant: Although Spring and Fall are generally recommended for planting perennials, you can still plant them during the summer months. Keep in mind that if you do this they’ll need plenty of water to remain healthy and become established.
- Prepare the Soil: Dig a hole about a foot deep (this will vary depending on the size of the hosta you are planting), and add a generous helping of compost or a soil amendment like Bumper Crop®. We recommend that you also stir in a sprinkling of balanced, slow-release organic fertilizer.
- Pay Attention to Spacing: Check the plant’s label for spacing requirements, and make sure to space your hostas so that they can grow to their full width.
- Keep Watered: Water your new hostas at least every few days (more if the weather is hot and dry) until they’re established and have started growing.
Hosta Maintenance Must Knows
- Hardiness: Grow in planting zones 3-8.
- Light: Although Hostas are known for being shade loving perennials they thrive with 2-3 hours of morning sun with afternoon shade, although each variety is different.
- Soil: Well-draining, rich soil is a must. Hostas shouldn’t be in soggy soil, especially in winter. Amend heavy clay soil with plenty of compost, or grow your hostas in raised beds.
- Water: During the growing season, hostas often need supplemental watering, since they’re native to areas that average more rainfall than the temperate U.S.
Fun Fact: Hostas are native to China, Japan and Korea but have been grown in the U.S. since the mid 1800’s