Growing hostas this fall? Learn how to care for them with these simple tips.
Hostas (plantain lily) are a popular perennial plant, known for their striking foliage and ability to thrive in shady areas.
Hardy in zones 3-9, Plantain lilies range in size from small to giant hostas. They bloom in summer but keep the garden looking lush in fall even as the foliage starts to die back.
Hostas are shade-loving plants that typically thrive in locations with partial to full shade. If you noticed your hostas getting a little crisp during the growing season, dig them up and move them to a shadier location.
Plant in moist, well-draining soil that are rich in organic matter. They prefer slightly acidic to neutral soil pH (around 6.5 to 7.5).
If you've got hostas growing in containers, consider whether you want to plant them in the ground if you want to keep them. Make sure you give them enough room to grow as some varieties can grow quite large.
Hostas require regular watering, especially during dry periods. However, once they are well established can handle drier conditions.
Do not fertilize them. Instead, focus on providing good-quality soil conditions. You can amend the soil yearly with good-quality compost, leaf mold, and mulch.
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