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Blog Posts > Caring for your New Hosta
Caring for your New Hosta
1/1/2019  Susan Minshall
1/1/2019
Caring for your New Hosta
Caring for your New Hosta
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Determinant or Indeterminant Tomatoes?
Determinant or Indeterminant Tomatoes?
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Best Soil for Hostas
Best Soil for Hostas
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Grow Your Own Pumpkins for your Fall Decor!
Grow Your Own Pumpkins for your Fall Decor!
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Winter Sow Salad Green Seeds like Lettuce and Spinach!
Winter Sow Salad Green Seeds like Lettuce and Spinach!
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Winter Sow Your Tomato and Pepper Seeds!
Winter Sow Your Tomato and Pepper Seeds!
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Winter Sow Those Annual Flower Seeds!
Winter Sow Those Annual Flower Seeds!
9/20/2018
Winter Sow Your Herb Seeds!
Winter Sow Your Herb Seeds!
9/20/2018
Winter Sow Your Curcubit Seeds!
Winter Sow Your Curcubit Seeds!
9/19/2018
Growing Sunflowers for the Birds!
Growing Sunflowers for the Birds!
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Draw beneficial insects into your garden with these ten plants.
Draw beneficial insects into your garden with these ten plants.
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Is it Really Safe to Feed Bread to Birds?
Is it Really Safe to Feed Bread to Birds?
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5 Common Misconceptions about Hostas
5 Common Misconceptions about Hostas
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Why is my hosta growing so slowly?
Why is my hosta growing so slowly?
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What NOT to cut corners on in the Veggie Garden
What NOT to cut corners on in the Veggie Garden
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Best Hostas for the Beginner
Best Hostas for the Beginner
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The Sun's Effect on Blue Hostas
The Sun's Effect on Blue Hostas
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Katie Lou - Antics of a Spitfire
Katie Lou - Antics of a Spitfire
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Battling Slugs in the Garden
Battling Slugs in the Garden
7/17/2018
Hostas in the Fairy Garden!
Hostas in the Fairy Garden!
7/5/2018
Hostas of the Year!
Hostas of the Year!
7/5/2018
15 Common Reasons Veggie Gardens Fail
15 Common Reasons Veggie Gardens Fail
7/2/2018
Is Your Mulch Harming Your Plants?
Is Your Mulch Harming Your Plants?
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10 Steps for Veggie Garden Success!
10 Steps for Veggie Garden Success!
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Growing Spinach
Growing Spinach
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Growing Lettuce
Growing Lettuce
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All About Those Fragrant Hostas
All About Those Fragrant Hostas
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Tiara Series Hostas
Tiara Series Hostas
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Why Blue Hostas turn Green?
Why Blue Hostas turn Green?
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The Sun's Effect on Hosta Leaf Color
The Sun's Effect on Hosta Leaf Color
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All About Slugs and Hostas
All About Slugs and Hostas
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Growing Hostas in Pots
Growing Hostas in Pots
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The Cool Blue Hostas
The Cool Blue Hostas
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Sun Tolerant Hostas
Sun Tolerant Hostas
6/17/2018
Epsom Salt in the Organic Garden
Epsom Salt in the Organic Garden
6/15/2018
The Beauty of Miniature Hostas
The Beauty of Miniature Hostas
6/15/2018
Growing Endive and Escarole
Growing Endive and Escarole
6/12/2018
Fast-Growing Hostas
Fast-Growing Hostas
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Homemade Potting Soil
Homemade Potting Soil
6/9/2018
Cleaning and Sanitizing your Terracotta Pots and Planters
Cleaning and Sanitizing your Terracotta Pots and Planters
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How to Refresh and Reuse Old Potting Soil
How to Refresh and Reuse Old Potting Soil
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Cleaning and Sanitizing your Birdbaths
Cleaning and Sanitizing your Birdbaths
6/3/2018
Cleaning and Sanitizing your Bird Feeders
Cleaning and Sanitizing your Bird Feeders
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Cleaning and Sanitizing Birdhouses
Cleaning and Sanitizing Birdhouses
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Cleaning Birdhouses, Feeders and Baths
Cleaning Birdhouses, Feeders and Baths
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Overwintering Your Potted Hostas
Overwintering Your Potted Hostas
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All About Hostas -- Hostas 101
All About Hostas -- Hostas 101
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Epsom Salt for Growing Your Vegetables!
Epsom Salt for Growing Your Vegetables!
4/1/2018
All About Growing Parsley
All About Growing Parsley
4/1/2018
All About Growing Thyme
All About Growing Thyme
4/1/2018
All About Growing Sage
All About Growing Sage
4/1/2018
Uses for Baking Soda in Your Garden
Uses for Baking Soda in Your Garden
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All About Growing Chives
All About Growing Chives
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Use Epsom Salt for Bigger Better Blooms!
Use Epsom Salt for Bigger Better Blooms!
4/1/2018
Using Comfrey in your Veggie Garden
Using Comfrey in your Veggie Garden
4/1/2018
Use Epsom Salt for Great Rose Blooms!
Use Epsom Salt for Great Rose Blooms!
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Using Epsom Salt in Your Garden
Using Epsom Salt in Your Garden
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Hosta- Seasonal Calendar of Care
Hosta- Seasonal Calendar of Care
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Garden Soil Amendments You Can Make For Free
Garden Soil Amendments You Can Make For Free
4/1/2018
Growing Hostas from Seed
Growing Hostas from Seed
3/29/2018
Creating a Landscape that Rocks
Creating a Landscape that Rocks
3/25/2018
Using Leaf Mold in your Garden
Using Leaf Mold in your Garden
3/20/2018
All About Growing Oregano
All About Growing Oregano
3/15/2018
All About Growing Cilantro
All About Growing Cilantro
3/11/2018
Hardening off your Home Grown Veggie Seedlings
Hardening off your Home Grown Veggie Seedlings
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All About Growing Mint
All About Growing Mint
3/9/2018
What's Winter Sowing?
What's Winter Sowing?
3/8/2018
All About Growing Rosemary
All About Growing Rosemary
3/7/2018
Using Epsom Salt on Hostas!
Using Epsom Salt on Hostas!
3/6/2018
Using Troughs in the Garden
Using Troughs in the Garden
3/6/2018
All About Composting
All About Composting
3/5/2018
All About Growing Dill
All About Growing Dill
3/3/2018
Growing Kale
Growing Kale
2/19/2018
Growing Swiss Chard
Growing Swiss Chard
2/15/2018
Growing Mustard Greens
Growing Mustard Greens
2/15/2018
Growing Arugula
Growing Arugula
2/15/2018
Growing Radicchio
Growing Radicchio
2/15/2018
Format GYG
Format GYG
1/4/2018
All About Growing Basil
All About Growing Basil
1/4/2018
Dividing Your Hostas
Dividing Your Hostas
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The Beauty of Variegated Hostas
The Beauty of Variegated Hostas
1/5/2017
That 70's Garden!
That 70's Garden!
1/5/2017
Advice for Less-Than Honest Co-Workers!
Advice for Less-Than Honest Co-Workers!
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Best Annuals for Your Vegetable Garden
Best Annuals for Your Vegetable Garden

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CARING FOR YOUR NEW HOSTA!

Upon delivery, unwrap your hosta.  Re-wet the paper towel covering the roots if it has dried out in shipment.  Keep moist, but not wet, until you can plant the hosta.

Hostas shipped in early spring may not yet have foliage.  Hostas shipped in summer will have foliage, however there may be some leaf yellowing present.  Fall shipped hostas may be beginning to enter their dormancy but are still growing roots.
Placement
All hostas DO need at least some indirect or dappled sunlight to survive.  However, too much direct sun can be damaging to hostas, even sun tolerant ones. Generally, full to dappled morning sun and afternoon shade is an ideal location for hostas.   There are many varieties that are sun tolerant and can be placed in as much as four to six hours of sun, but do require more water.
Planting Your Hosta Directly into  the Garden
Plant your new hosta in well-draining soil in a hole twice the width of the roots.  Tuck the roots in pointed downward and the eyes or growing points slightly below the soil surface.  Hostas can grow well in nearly any type of soil.  The best soil for hostas, however, is one that is rich in plant foods (compost), retains moisture well yet drains easily.  Hosta roots can grow anywhere from 6 to 18" deep and require plenty of space between plants for good air circulation.   Water well for the first few weeks until established, then when needed.  A good layer of mulch will help retain moisture to the roots.  You can use a 5-10-5 fertilizer for your hostas or aged manure.
A Bit About Coloring
The amount of sun a hosta gets will influence the color of the leaves.  Certain hosta varieties will not get their final color until they are more mature, while other varieties get their specific coloring at a certain time of year.  For instance, blue hostas get the blue color from a waxy coating on the leaves.  Under the waxy coating, the leaves are actually green.  That is why in many pictures of a "blue" hosta, the leaves appear green.   The waxy blue coating will return the next season so moving your hosta to a shadier location for the next season may give you the coloring you want.

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