Tips on Caring for Hostas

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Caring for hostas requires planting them in a bit of shade, giving them lots of room to multiply and grown, providing them with a high-quality composted soil and chopping down the greens occasionally to promote more growth. Care for hostas with... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment, we're going to talk about tips on caring for hostas. Now I love my hostas. They're such a beautiful plant. And so the best place or the best tip I can give you is plant them in a little bit of shade because they don't want to be in full hot sun. Unless you live on the coast, where you can put them in the sun where it's foggy all the time. But if you live inland at all and you put them in a sunny spot, they sometimes fry in the sun. So part shade is the number one tip. Number two is give them lots of room to multiply because hostas will really take over an area. They really like to have good organic compost soil and lots of room to multiply. And I have found also, tip number three, is you can just chop the greens down periodically too when they look a little tacky. Sometimes slugs will get to them or the heat of the summer will get to them. And even by just trimming down all of the leaves, you'll get fresh new growth. Now they will bloom in late summer. So if you cut them back, sometimes you do loose the bloom. So only cut them back when they look really tacky, you're trying to save them. And you move them anytime of the year still. You don't have to wait to Spring or Fall or the right time. I've found hostas are very easy. As long as you have some of the root and some of the stem, you can chop it down and you can move it around to any other area or give it away to a friend. So hostas are really pretty shade plants. And they look great with ferns and toad lilies also know as Tricyrtis hirta with the fuchsias and any other shade plants. They look just gorgeous and they're really easy to grow. You can plant them any time of the year.