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Hosta Care Guide

As a Yorkshire Hosta grower, we think that Hostas are one of the best foliage plants you can buy. They are very easy to grow and long-lived. There are a vast range of Hostas for sale, which vary in leaf shape, size, and colour. Choosing a Hosta is mainly a matter of personal taste. However, it’s also sensible to match the plants to the conditions in your garden. In general, most enjoy moist soil, in dappled shade. However, blue leaved Hostas flourish in light shade, while yellow leaved ones prefer some sun. Most Hostas produce clusters of flowers in shades of white, lavender and purple on tall stems between July & August.

When Should I Plant?

You can plant Hostas, pretty-well at any time of year, but it’s best to avoid the winter months with frost and snow.

Watering

Hostas in the ground will need watering during dry spells.

Plants in containers need regular watering in summer as they dry out quickly. Plants that dry out will brown along the leaf margins.

Remember best to water early in the morning or later in the day. This avoids damaging the leaves.

How do I plant Hostas in Borders?

Dig a planting hole the same depth as the root ball and twice as wide. 

Place in the hole before drawing back the soil and firming with your fingers

Water in the plant to settle the soil and continue watering regularly, 

especially in dry weather, during the first summer. Mulch with well-rotted 

organic matter such as well-rotted garden compost or manure to conserve moisture

Deadheading

The flower stalks can be left in place until you tidy the plant in late autumn when the leaves naturally die back. Or they can be removed once the flowers fade this saves the plant wasting energy on producing seeds.

Overwintering

Hostas are fully hardy, but the leaves die back in late autumn and remain dormant until springtime. Be careful, leaves emerging in spring can get damaged by frosts. 

Where Should I Plant?

All Hostas enjoy moist soil, in partial shade, whether in the border or a container. In general, though, yellow-leaved cultivars prefer some sun, along with a few Hostas that are tolerant of sunny conditions.

Hostas like fertile soils including heavy clay, improved with garden compost or 

well-rotted manure. 

How do I plant Hostas in Containers?

Your Hosta will arrive with bare roots so it is important to soak it for an hour or so, before planting.

Hostas can be planted in large containers 30-45cm (1ft-18in) in diameter. check listing for plant size. Choose an appropriate size container with drainage holes. Use a peat-free multipurpose

Plant the Hosta so the top of the root ball sits at the level of the compost.

Water well and continue watering regularly when in leaf. 

Feeding

In borders: 

Mulch of garden compost or well-rotted manure is all the feeding necessary. 

In containers:

Liquid feed once a month during the growing period using a general-purpose liquid fertiliser 

Miniature Hostas

Miniature Hostas need good drainage and will do best in soil improved with the addition of grit and garden compost.

You can also plant Miniature Hostas successfully in containers. 

Problems

Other than damage to the leaves from slugs and snails, Hostas tend to be trouble-free if grown in moist soil in some shade. They will not do well in a hot, sunny spot in dry soil. Brown and scorched leaves are common where soils get dry or where there is excessive sun. Remember you can replant in a shadier spot the Hosta will soon recover

What our Customers say .....

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Jean J

This is the second order from Rewela hostas, both times the hostas have arrived extraordinarily quickly, beautifully packed, and absolutely stunning hostas. I would recommend anyone who likes hostas to look at this website. So many to choose from, I will certainly be ordering again!