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Hosta: a plant for shade

Hosta: a plant for shade

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Hosta is a discreet flowering perennial in spring and late summer, but it is its foliage that is most famous.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Hosta
Family : Liliaceae
Type : Perennial

: 20 to 80 cm
Exposure : Partial shade and shade
: Rather rich

Flowering : May to September
: Obsolete

In pots or in the ground, it is easy to maintain and will quickly win you over with its many qualities.

Planting a hosta

The main thing to know is that hostas are afraid of situations that are too hot or too sunny.

  • For hostas in pots or pots, plant preferably in the spring.
  • Respect a distance of about 30/40 cm between each plant.
  • If necessary, bring an amendment such as manure and algae to your soil and mix it with potting soil.
  • Multiplication by division of the tuft in spring or fall every 3 to 5 years.

Hosta in a pot:

The culture of potted hostas is quite possible, especially if you are looking for shade patio plants.

  • Make sure the pot is well drilled to avoid standing water.
  • Use potting soil for perennials, planting or universal.
  • Water when the soil is dry on the surface, potted hostas dread drought.
  • Bring the fertilizer for green plants at least once a year.

Hosta maintenance

The hosta requires little care. It is a plant that does not require any maintenance when properly established.

  • No pruning is necessary.
  • The maintenance is minimal, it is a very easy plant to grow.
  • Mulching in the summer can allow it to retain moisture in the sole and therefore greener, brighter foliage.

Watering the hosta

Hosta, being a shade or partial shade plant, prefers cool soils but fears excess humidity.

  • Avoid heavy watering to avoid making the soil too wet.
    Prefer regular but limited watering.
  • Pot, more regular watering in the summer is necessary to keep the soil slightly moist.

As mentioned in the maintenance section, hostas will never do as well as when they are mulched on the ground to maintain humidity.

Slugs and hosta

Slugs are common in hostas because they are known to like foliage and shady corners.

It is also a plant that provides a wonderful pantry for our slug friends when the vegetation is at rest.

  • Hosta is also a hardy, perennial plant, so slugs are unlikely to overcome it and sometimes it is reasonable to do nothing.

To read : slugs and snails, how to keep them away

Things to know about the hosta

Forming very beautiful oval and multicolored leaves, the hosta also offers pretty white or sometimes blue-purple flowers.

Of rapid growth, it even has a tendency to spread, making it a very decorative ground cover.
It will also have a very chosen place in a bed or in a planter.

From known varieties, we find :

Blue Angel, France Williams, Honeybells, Wide Brim, Golden Tiara, Fire and Ice, Francee, Undulata or Golden Sunburst.

Smart tip

Be careful not to plant the hosta in full sun because it needs coolness in summer.

Also read on perennials:

Multiply your perennials by dividing the tuft.