Hostas plant are grown for their luxurious and attractive leaves. Their delicate and fragrant flowers look attractive on a long stem. Hosta flowers are like lilies and decorate your garden in the summer. Hosta can grow in containers and grow very well in shady courtyard and porch. Container gardening is a good choice to avoid the problem of slugs. The hosts are native to Japan, Korea, and China, where they grow with moist woodlands, grasslands and river bank.
Scientific name Hosta
Common name Hosta, Plantain lily, funkia
Plant type Shrub
Sun required Full Sun / full shade
Soil Fertile and moist soil
Soil PH 6.5-7.3
Flower color Blue, Purple, White
Flowering Time Summer
How to grow Hostas
Most of the hosta grow in the shade, but some plants prefer the appearance of the sun. For this, you need to elect before planting. . Blue hosts disperses rich colors in shady conditions, while Gold sprayed their bright colors in the presence of the sun.
Location and soil
Hosta will grow very good in any fertile and moist soil, but before planting, if the soil has a bit of sand and heavy soil, then they perform very well. For this, soil pH 6.5-7.3 acidic soil is better. It is recommended for more moisture and more organic compost in soil is required. Hosts grow very well in light to full shadow. Hosts are versatile and adaptable if the sun reaches their full potential with color filters. The green color filter is more tolerant. Most of its species require protection from direct sunlight in the afternoon. Plants with thick and waxy leaves are drought-optimized in dry soil.
Hostas can be propagating very well by division. The time between autumn to mid-summer is best for its development. Take out the clusters with the help of a fork, keep in mind that its growing parts do not damage, then keep its hard fibrous roots on a board and separate the shoots from the middle with a sharpened knife. You can separate loose, fleshy roots from the hands. Replant with its original depth after splitting. After this, water the plant and give granular fertilizer according to the instructions in the packet.
- Hosta is transplanted to the plant instead of the seed, so before you choose such a place, check the presence of the sun, and see the soil is loose enough or not.
- If you want to develop this plant in the container, then make sure the plant is ready for the transplant. Because a more mature plant required a large container.
- Once the hostas have been established, they grow easily in any soil. In the beginning, the new hosta plant helps to grow slightly acidic soil.
- The most important thing to develop the plant is to mix some compost or peat into the soil. Keep the roots slightly loose and place a big hole, according to their size.
- Arrange the mulch to maintain moisture on the basis of the plant, it will help to maintain moisture and it will be helpful in beginning the stability of the plant.
Plant Leaves are large, which easily maintain moisture, but water is important. Give the young plants about 1-inch water in the week. Special attention is required to plant under the tree, as additional water is required to strengthen them while competing with trees.
Feed these plants in the spring, in this season gives fertilizer with about 2 inches thick layer. Use 5-5-5 all-purpose organic fertilizer on soil testing basis. Do not use granulated fertilizer, it can be stuck on leaves and burn it.
Cut off the stalk after flowering, and it will encourage new growth. Flowers do not come again in the hosts, so once pruning only its leaf growth. Removing the fade flowers will keep the bed clean and prevent it from becoming seed, which will save the plants from the energy of the plants. Some gardeners prefer their leaves and cut before flowering blooms. The shape of the hostess requires a little trimming.
These plants prefer moisture, soil, but do not wet the soil much. Use mulch to maintain moisture. Apply it all around the plant base. In the spring, turn 2-inch thick layer of bark mulch on the sides of the young plant.
*Clean around the plant in the fall and cut off the brown leaves, this will help the plant control the diseases and slugs.
Pests and Diseases
Deer and slug cause great damage. The deer are a lily of its lush leaves which is actually edible for humans. You can take the fence to protect the deer. In addition to resistant spray, you can use egg shells, garlic to save Slugs. Spray the weekly way to protect new leaves.