Gardening

Hosta

I’ve had a break from writing recently as I had a lot of personal changes. However, I still acquired several new plants, one of which was a hosta. Two hosta actually, after I bought it, I discovered a very small baby hosta under the foliage of the main plant.

Hosta are a herbaceous perennial. They are an easy to care for plant and also hardy. They are a plant grown from their foliage. They are a plant which can survive in shade. While I was doing research after I purchased by hosta, I read a good rule that if a hosta has light foliage, it should have bright sun, however if the foliage is darker, it needs moderate shade. If the hosta is grown outside or in the ground, then mulching will greatly help the plant to thrive. It can be done with an organic matter.

A hosta plant will reach its full size, given the right conditions, within five years.

 

Container Growing

Hosta can be grown in a container however need to be watered regularly to ensure they don’t dry out. The same re-potting rules apply, as with other plants, once the roots fill the pot, it is time to re-pot to a larger container.

Propagation

Hosta are very easily propagated; they are divided anytime between autumn to spring. The plant can be divided into a number of sections to create several plants depending on the size of the original plant. It should be ensured that there are at least five roots per new plant. The plant is divided by splitting the plant and roots. Depending on the roots, i.e fibrous or fleshy, they can be divided using a knife or by hand. Once the new plants have been re-potted or planted in the ground, water the plant.

Pruning

Hosta require very little pruning. In winter, hosta foliage will die. The flower stalks can also be cut back and will re-grow again in spring/summer.

Issues

One of the main concerns for hosta is slugs and snails. They destroy the foliage. This can be miminally controlled is the hosta are grown in containers.

Water logging can also be problematic and cause rot but the obvious solution is to ensure that the plant is not overwatered if in a container. If they hosta is planted in the grown and it becomes too wet, then if possible the solution would be to replant it in dryer conditions.

Excessive sun can burn the plant or turn the leaves brown. Similar to the over watering solution, often this can only be resolved by moving the plant to a less sunny location.

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