how do you care for hosta plants?

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Answer by suemmcq
Hostas are one of the easiest plants to care for, they basicly tale care of themselves with just a bit of watering…….. the site below can answer just about any question you would have about further care and dividing.

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2 Responses to “how do you care for hosta plants?”

  1. yamaha45701 says:

    We plant ours in mostly shade, thought there are a few varieties that can take some sun. Good soil helps too of course. We get deer around here in Ohio eating them so we have to spray with a deer repellant one in a while. Divide them up after a few years because they grow in clumps and the clumps can get huge. Like the first answer said, they are easy to grow.

  2. freakiecatsmom says:

    Hostas love water. Be sure to do your watering in the morning so the plant foliage has time to dry out before nightfall.

    Hostas repond well to fertilization. A simple 10-10-10 gertilizer works well. My personal choice is an time release fertilizer like Osmocote. Be careful not to use a high nitrogen content fertilizer, as that can “burn” the foliage.
    Also, be cautious about fertilizing too late. Actively growing hosta may be damaged or even killed by an early winter freeze.

    Mulching is very helpful for hostas as it helps with moisture retention in the hot and dry periods of the year.

    Although hostas can also be divided anytime during the growing season, the best times are before the plant begins any substantial growth in the spring and 4-6 weeks before the end of the growing season.

    Slugs and snails are probably the most common pests found on hostas. Baits are available to control them, or you may wish to introduce nematodes for a natural and safe control method.

    Black vine weevil adults chew irregular notches on the edges of hosta leaves. The black vine weevil larvae that feed on the crown and roots, however, do the most serious damage; symptoms of injury include yellowing and wilting of foliage. Control of the adult weevil is difficult and may require repeated sprayings. Seven, Orthene, and any other beetle control insecticide can be used. Controling the immature larvae may be a better option. It is a nonchemical control. Beneficial nematodes in the soil work well for control. The two species recommended for control are Heterorhabditis bacteriophora and Heterorhabdites meaidis.

    Foliar nematodes are microscopic-sized worms that can infest hosta leaves. Nematodes overwinter in the ground and move to the leaf where they feed between the veins. The symptom is a brown streak that appears between the veins in late July or August. Foliar nematodes are a new problem, and to date, current research has not found a way to eradicate them.

    I hope this helps. Hostas are beautiful plants and give us another option for shade plantings.

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