How to Plant My Hosta

Overview

Hostas are low-growing perennials with long, thick leaves that can be light green, dark green or even variegated, depending on the variety chosen. Several tall, thin stalks begin to form in the center of the plant during late spring from which delicate white or lavender flowers will appear. Some varieties, such as Hosta plantaginea, are also quite fragrant. Hosta is not a very demanding plant, spreads fairly quickly and will do well as long as its basic growing requirements are met.

Step 1

Dig a hole that is twice the diameter and the same depth as the growing container the hosta was purchased in. Add 3 inches of organic compost to the planting hole.

Step 2

Squeeze the sides of the growing container gently, just enough to loosen the root ball. Place the hosta into the hole at the same level it was growing in the container. Replace the soil and pat down firmly.

Step 3

Water until the soil feels very moist, but not soggy. Place a 2-inch layer of organic mulch around the plant, taking care not to heap it against the stem.

Step 4

Check the plant regularly and water whenever the top half inch of soil no longer sticks to your finger. Once the plant has an established root system, watering is only necessary when there has been less than an inch of rain in a week.

Tips and Warnings

  • Hostas are very susceptible to slugs. Watch for signs of infestation and destroy any slugs that you find on or around the plant. Place slug baits nearby to prevent reinfestation.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Organic compost
  • Organic mulch

References

  • Ohio State University Extension: Growing Hostas
  • Washington State University Extension: Hosta
  • North Carolina State University: Hosta
  • Floridata: Hosta
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Annita Lawson has been working as a freelance writer since 2004. Her work has been published in various web and print outlets, including The Dabbling Mum, A Virtuous Woman, and Pediatrics for Parents. Lawson is pursuing an Associate of Arts degree at Southeast Kentucky Community College. She enjoys sharing all that she has learned about parenting, healthy eating and living a frugal lifestyle.