Hosta, Dancing Stars
Incredible thick leaves that holds the crisp colors better than any similar types.
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Planting in the Garden:
- Select a location in full shade to part shade with good rich moist organic soil. Hostas prefer afternoon shade and protection from strong winds.
- Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12, inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
- The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods.
- Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock.
- Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
- Unpot the plant and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root growth.
- Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
- Use the plant tag as a location marker.
- Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.
- Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their germination.
- Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For perennials, an organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
- Careful watering is essential in getting perennials off to a good start. Water enough to keep the soil evenly moist. Plants are remarkable drought resistant.
- Good air movement is also important.
- After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer such as Garden-tone, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
- Some people remove the flower stalks as the plant is grown primarily for the foliage. If you do keep the flowers, cut the stalks after flowers fade unless you would like them to self-sow.
- In colder regions, apply another layer of mulch (1-2 inches) after the ground freezes in fall. Evergreen boughs (from Christmas trees) provide additional protection. Remove this mulch in the spring.
- Divide when plants become overcrowded, every 3-5 years. In general, divide in spring or fall when plants are dormant. Dig clumps from the ground and with a sharp knife or spade, cut into good sized divisions, each with several growing eyes and plenty of roots. Remove any dead or unhealthy plant parts and cut back stems. Replant one division where the plant was originally and plant the extra divisions elsewhere in your garden or give them away to gardening friends. Plant the divisions immediately, or as soon as possible, and water well.
- Hostas are extremely tough and low maintenance as long as they are in the proper environment.
- Hostas combine nicely with most shade loving plants. Plant with bleeding hearts, hellebores, heucheras and epimediums. Plant daffodils and other hardy spring bulbs around hosta clumps; as the hosta foliage emerges it will hide the ripening bulb foliage. They also make a great ground cover or specimen plant.
- Hosta foliage makes an attractive addition to fresh flower arrangements.
Zone3-9SunFull ShadeHeight24 inchesSpread36 inchesBloom SeasonSummerOrnamental UseBeds, BordersPlanting TimeFall, SpringGenusHostaLife CyclePerennial