How do I take care of hostas?

I'm a brand new to Hosta's and I don't know if they need lots of water, lots of sun or the complete opposite. Could someone give me little help here? I'm really sorry for having to ask. But I figure you ladies and gentlemen would know more than the internet.

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  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Jul 03, 2019


    Hostas are amazing! Mine grow in both sun and shade and seem to do well whether they have water or not. The only ones I've actually watered are the ones I have in pots. I only did that because they looked dry, like my flowers. I've even done things you're not supposed to do with mine. For example, this year I split a large one into 8 pieces AFTER it was fully grown for the summer. All of the 8 pieces have rooted and are shooting up flowers. I'm not saying to do that, but just want to let you know that they are easy to care for. I got 2 pieces from a neighbor over 35 years ago and now have them all around my house due to cutting off and planting pieces, mostly in the spring. Here's an article from the "internet" (LOL) that will tell what the experts say about hostas. Wishing you the best.

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    • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Jul 04, 2019

      Hi Ellen,

      Just cut off the bad leaves. That will give more strength to the plant - especially since they were just transplanted. I ended up cutting off all of the old leaves when I transplanted mine as soon as a few new leaves started to grow. I was just waiting to make sure that the plant rooted in the new spot. It takes a while for it to completely come back from a transplant - especially if it isn't done in early spring before it leafs out. The 8 pieces I transplanted now have the old leaves gone, a few new leaves and their flower stalks are all up. By next summer, they will be fine. Remember these will come back the next year, but they are still trying to catch up with this year - including putting down their roots firmly in the soil the way THEY like them. Also, even during it's season, occasionally a few outside leaves will look brownish. Just cut them off. Hostas are very hardy, just give them some time. :)

  • Hostas prefer partial shade and can tolerate total shade. They like moist soil, but not too wet. They are pretty easy to grow!

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    • They may just be having a little trouble from being transplanted, Ellen. Give them a few days and keep them watered.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jul 04, 2019

    Hello, these hosta link collection will be very helpful in establishing and caring for your hosta plant collection. I hope this helps.

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