How to Grow Hosta lilies

Hosta lilly late summer bloom. image by Tanaka


Hosta lilies (Hosta plantaginea) are a shade- and water-loving plant. It is easiest to propagate from plant divisions. The leaves are large and bright green with blue or gold veins. Grown primarily for their leaves, they do have small pastel-colored flowers that bloom in mid- to late summer.

Step 1

Dig a hole larger than the root base of the hosta lilies. Mix 1/3 native soil (what you just dug out of the ground), 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 pine bark in a large bucket or wheelbarrow.

Step 2

Add a small amount of soil mixture to the hole and form it into a mound. Place the new plant into the hole, spreading the roots over and around the mound. Cover with soil mixture up to the base of the leaves. Add pine mulch around the base of the hosta lilies. Water thoroughly; hostas require large amounts of water throughout the growing season.

Step 3

Remove dried leaves after the first frost. Add a thin layer of pine mulch around the base of the plant to protect the crown during winter. Stop watering hosta lilies during the winter, as the plants are dormant during winter.

Things You'll Need

  • Plant divisions
  • Peat moss
  • Pine bark
  • Shovel
  • Large bucket or wheelbarrow
  • Pine mulch


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About this Author

Currently residing in Myrtle Beach, SC, Tammy Curry began writing agricultural and frugal living articles in 2004. Her articles have appeared in the Mid-Atlantic Farm Chronicle and Country Family Magazine. Ms. Curry has also written SEO articles for She holds an associate's degree in science from Jefferson College of Health Sciences.

Photo by: Tanaka