When is the best time to plant Hostas bulbs? And how long does it take for them to grow? Thanks?

Question by kl: When is the best time to plant Hostas bulbs? And how long does it take for them to grow? Thanks?
btw, my garden is in NH 🙂

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Answer by § 20 and a penny §
I don’t know that Hosta grow from bulbs. I have always bought them potted at the nursery. At any rate, late summer is considered a prime time for planting. I live on the border of Zone 6/7 ) mid Atlantic US ) and have had good luck planting them in late spring. They are quick growing.

A friend of mine started a new plant from a Hosta leaf, I thought that was pretty cool.

What do you think? Answer below…

5 Responses to “When is the best time to plant Hostas bulbs? And how long does it take for them to grow? Thanks?”

  1. BOB says:

    Great site below

  2. GardenJill says:

    Hostas have an underground tuber. They are amazingly resilient and you could plant them whenever you like as long as the ground is not frozen, although the middle of a drought might not be a great time.

    I had to move some Hostas in a very hot August. They did just fine. They might have done better if it was cooler and damper, but I was taking them from Cape Cod sand to the top of a glacial esker (sand with little cobble stones) so the soil in neither place was particularly good and the timing was pretty bad, but they did ok anyway.

    You should have no problems in NH. Depending on how close together you plant them, they should fill in in a year or two.

  3. Auron1838 says:

    They are hardy perennial so you can plant them outside anytime now, they will grow leaves when they think it’s safe.
    It depends on the species, some grow fast and some are slow growing. Also depends on the soil condition, in poor soil they will be slower to grow.

  4. J.V. says:

    Now is the best time. Spring. By the way, those are not bulbs but they are called “tubers” which are similar to bulbs. Tubers are essential a fat root that will eventually put out a stem when the tuber is mature enough. Depending on how thick those tubers are you probably will need a shovel to dig them up.. They grow like crazy and you will see one tuber on top of another because hostas can reproduce like crazy. They can be difficult to separate. The longer you wait the more difficult it will be to separate them. Don’t worry if you should damage some tubers in the process. They are like potatoes. You can put a broken one in the ground and it will grow another Hosta. Just try your best to not damage too many and you may want to let them soak in a bucket of water for a few hours before you transplant them to give them a boost.

  5. roses says:

    They grow from a tuber. They are quick growing and take very little care. They should bloom by the second year at the latest. Every so many years they should be divided, spring works best once the eyes start peeking through the soil. When dividing do it on a cloudy day if possible. If not possible cover the root until you get it back into the soil.

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