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How to Cut Back Hosta Flowers

By Carmel Perez Snyder ; Updated September 21, 2017
Hostas have variegated foliage that changes color in the fall.
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Hosta, also known as the plantain lily, has beautiful foliage that changes color in the fall and winter. A perennial, Hosta flowers bloom in summer. The tall stems make it a good cut flower to use in arrangements, but the seed heads can be left on the plant to add interest during the winter months. Hosta returns year after year. Gardeners cut back the plant in early winter in colder climates. In milder climates, many gardeners do not cut back the plants until late winter.


Hosta blooms make good cut flowers.
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Use garden shears to cut off seed heads.

Cut hosta foliage. Hosta foliage begins to die down on its own, but it benefits from cutting back.

Gently bend the foliage back until you can see where the leaves meet the rhizomes (roots.) Begin cutting foliage until all the leaves are cut back. Hostas planted in tubs should also be cut back in early to late winter.

Mulch. Mulch hostas growing area with 2-4 inches of mulch. Hostas benefit from heavy mulching. The perennial will come into leaf in late spring.


Things You Will Need

  • Gardening shears or scissors
  • Mulch
  • Rake


  • Continue watering hostas until the foliage begins to die down.

About the Author


Carmel Perez Snyder is a freelance writer living in Texas. She attended the University of Missouri and has been a journalist and writer for more than 13 years. Her work has appeared in newspapers across the country, the AARP Bulletin and eHow Garden Guides.