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About Hostas


   After seeing a grouping of hostas in a landscape yard setting, many people feel the need to know about hostas. Hosta information is relatively easy to obtain. Hosta plants are sold and displayed at many garden centers, web sites, and nurseries.

   Knowing about hosta plants and where they would thrive in each application is important. Generally, hostas are considered shade tolerant plants, but most do not do well if grown in deep shade. So inquiring about hosta cultivar placements would be important. Some cultivars are more tolerant of shade than others. Most hosta plants grow best in an exposure with morning sun and afternoon shade.

   Hostas planted in locations where they receive full afternoon sun may show signs of marginal leaf burning in the summer months. Knowing about hosta cultivars that are most tolerant of full sun locations would be important. In general, blue leafed hostas require shade, but the gold, yellow and white leafed hostas can tolerate more sun.

   Hostas will grow best in rich organic soil. The soil may be amended by adding sphagnum peat moss to raise the organic matter, if you deem your site to be deficient. Knowing about hostas should include some fertility information. For best results apply a balanced granular fertilizer in early spring, followed by an application six weeks later, and finally a final application in midsummer.

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