Hostas are an easy-to-grow, low-maintenance perennial plant perfect for shade gardens and low-light areas in your landscape. While you can buy them as potted plants, they’re often much more affordable to buy as bare-root plants, sold alongside flowering bulbs. Here’s everything you need to know about planting hosta bulbs!
How To Plant Hosta Bulbs Here are the basic steps for planting hosta bulbs (bare root hostas) in the garden:
- Find a nice shady spot, preferably with soil that drains well.
- Soak bulbs/roots for 1 hour if the roots are dry or soft.
- Dig a wide hole, about 4 inches deep (not too deep).
- Place the hosta bulb in the center of the hole with the roots at the bottom.
- Spread the roots outwards (like the rays of a sun).
- Gently hold the crown just below surface level.
- Carefully backfill the hole with soil, trying not to leave too many air pockets.
- Check that the crown of the plant (where the roots meet the stems) is at ground level.
- Water after planting to moisten surrounding soil and help it settle around the hosta roots.
- Add a thin mulch of homemade compost on soil surface to keep the roots moist and cool.
Hosta bulbs can be planted in early spring or in the fall (up to a month before the ground freezes for winter). Mail-order hostas are often shipped in the fall, while in-store hosta bulbs are generally stocked at garden centers in early spring (alongside spring-planted flowering bulbs).