Hosta ventricosa is a deciduous perennial plant used mostly as a groundcover in shady areas of the landscape. It has large leaves from green to blue-green that can cover wide areas. Two-foot stalks emerge through the foliage in early summer with wonderful deep purple flowers with thin white stripes inside. Hosta ventricosa is easy to care for and maintain and can be grown in gardening zones 4 through 9. The flowers will bloom from late summer through early fall and will attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
Water Hosta ventricosa to keep soil moist. The more sun the plant gets during the day, the more watering it will need.
Provide a screen or plant a larger plant next to the Hosta ventricosa to protect it from hot afternoon sun, if you've planted in full sun.
Work compost into the soil around the plants each spring to enrich the soil and encourage good water drainage.
Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer each spring and mid summer, or use a slow release fertilizer in the spring. Follow manufacturer's directions of your chosen fertilizer for the proper amount to use according to the plants you have in your bed.
Put out snail bait early in the spring as the snails and slugs like to eat the young plants and shoots. Read caution labels on the bait traps as some baits are poisonous to pets and children.
Mulch over the plants as they die back in the early winter to protect the roots from frost. Remove the mulch in the spring and allow it to decompose to use as a soil enhancer for other plants.
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