7 tips to take care of Giant Hostas better
Whether you already have hostas in your yard or want to add them in order to round out your landscaping, there are several things that you need to know about hosta plants. In general, hostas are very hardy plants that can withstand quite a bit.
They can be split up, transplanted, and more, and will keep coming back year after year. If left to their own devices, these plants can become quite gigantic. Here’s what you need to know in order to properly care for your giant hostas.
1) Plant them in the Right Location
If the words “location, location, location” don’t mean much to you, then you need to learn more about plants and plant care in general. Hostas need to be planted in places where they get enough sun, but not too much sun, unless they are one of the varietals that can tolerate full sun.
In general, however, giant hostas need some shade, and they can even grow fairly well in full shade. Basically, when describing the “right location” for hostas, it’s important to note that just about anywhere will suffice.
2) Make Sure That the Soil is Adequate
Although hostas will grow in a number of different light conditions, they do need to right type of soil. They aren’t overly picky, so as long as the soil drains well and the roots are planted deeply enough, they should be fine.
Make sure to add some compost or other organic material to the soil before planting your giant hostas, just to give them an additional boost of nutrients. This ensures that they’ll grow properly and produce flowers when the time is right.
3) Give Them Enough Water
Hostas need plenty of water. They don’t need a lot of sunlight, but they do need that good old H2O. Before watering your hostas, check their soil by pressing your index finger into the ground.
The soil should feel damp at the two-inch mark. If it doesn’t, then you’ll need to add some additional water. Also, note that the more sun the plant gets, the more water it will need.
4) Fertilize Them When Necessary
Although giant hostas are incredibly hardy and versatile, they do need a little bit of fertilizer. You’ll need to use a water-soluble fertilizer and apply it several times throughout the spring and early summer. Never fertilize your hosta in the fall when it begins to die off for the year. This will damage the plant.
5) Know When and How To Divide Them
Did you know that you can divide your hostas in multiple plants? Yes, even the giant ones can be turned into multiples. This process involves carefully digging up the plants and being very careful when dividing them into one or more chunks.
Be very gentle with their root systems, as you don’t want to damage them. Once you’ve divided your hostas (and note that springtime is the best time of year for this) transplant them in your yard and then give them plenty of water.
Hostas are very hardy plants who will be able to handle this process well. Don’t be surprised if those divided plants spring back to life and begin to expand with days of being transplanted.
6) Add Mulch to Their Soil
Your hostas will need a little bit of mulch in order to keep their soil moist and prevent pests and weeds from growing around them. Around two inches of mulch is enough to provide proper insulation.
Before you lay down the mulch water your giant hostas well and remove any weeds that are growing in the area. Then, apply the mulch and watch your plants grow and expand. They’ll appreciate your efforts. (Also, remember that wood chips make the best mulch for hostas.)
7) Handle General Maintenance
Hostas need some general maintenance, just like other plants. You’ll need to keep an eye on them to ensure that they aren’t receiving too much sunlight (signs of this are fading leaves, spots on the leaves, and even leaves that brown or curl up at the edges) and that they have enough water.
If you notice that the leaves are damaged in any way, trim the damaged parts off of them. You can even cut off any flowers that have already bloomed and wilted. All of this maintenance is necessary in order to ensure that the plants remain healthy and continue to grow.
Remember that after you remove the old hosta leaves and flowers in the fall after the entire plant has begun to wilt due to weather changes, you should place them in the trash. You never want to compost your hostas, as they will actually begin to grow in your compost bin. These plants are very hardy and resilient!