FAQ's
(Frequently Asked Questions About Hosta Plants)

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Can Hostas Grow in Full Sun?
While some varieties of hostas tolerate more sun than others, growing hostas in the sun is not recommended unless you want your hostas to burn and become brown. While a period of low-to-medium intensity morning sunlight helps some varieties of thick-leaved hostas with their color, exposure to intense sunlight should be avoided.
In general, hostas bearing yellow leaves or fragrant flowers can tolerate more sun than their thin-leaved counterparts with blue or green leaves.

Are Hosta Deer Resistant?
No hosta is truly deer resistant. It’s just that deer prefer some varieties of hostas more than others. Hostas bearing non-variegated green leaves and fragrant flowers are most susceptible to be eaten by deer. To safeguard your beautiful hostas from being devoured by deer, you may take precautionary measures such as installing a fence, using light or noise sensors, using natural repellents, etc.

Are Hosta Plants Poisonous to Dogs?
Hostas contain a chemical substance called “saponin,” which when ingested by a dog can lead to it suffering from severe bellyache, vomiting and diarrhea. In some dog breeds, hosta ingestion can even lead to twisting of the intestines that eventually may cause surgical emergencies. So, it is highly recommended that you keep your dog(s) away from hostas.

Should Hosta Be Cut Back in The Fall?
While you can cut back your hostas in winter or early spring, before they produce new shoots, it is highly recommended that you cut back your hostas in the fall itself; particularly if your garden is infested with slugs. Uncut wet foliage provides slugs with the right environment to sustain through the winter.

Does Hosta Grow in Florida?
Hostas are most suitable to be grown in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 through 9. In Florida, there are 7 USDA zones that range from 8a to 11a as you head from north to south. So, if you are in the northern part of Florida, most hostas will thrive just fine. In the southern part of the state, some hostas won’t perform as well as they do in the northern areas.

Does Hosta Grow in Shade?
Hostas are shade-tolerant perennials. However, that doesn’t mean that hostas don’t need sunlight at all. In fact, to perform and look at their best, several varieties of hostas need low to moderate sunlight exposure.

Are Hosta Flowers Poisonous to Dogs?
Both flowers and leaves of hosta are toxic to dogs. Although ingestion of hosta flowers is unlikely to cause death or severe damage, it definitely will make your dog sick. It’s, therefore, a good idea to keep your loved pet away from your hosta plants.

Are Hostas Annuals or Perennials?
Hostas are perennials. They remain dormant during the winter and come up with fresh shoots in the spring. Once your hostas start to die down naturally in the fall, cut back on the foliage and apply a few layers of mulch around your hostas, this will energize your plants and allow them to come up with exciting new shoots when spring arrives.

Are Hostas Toxic to Cats?
Hostas contain a chemical compound called saponin, which is toxic to both equines and felines. So, yes, hostas are toxic to cats. Although it may not result in death or any serious damage, hosta ingestion will definitely cause a lot of trouble to your loved pet. Symptoms of hosta toxicity include depression, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea.

Does Hosta Grow in Texas?
Hostas are suitable to be grown in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 through 9. So, Texas, which is covered in USDA hardiness zones 6a to 9b, is weather wise pretty suitable for growing hostas. So, as long as you are planting your hostas in the ideal shady spots, you need not worry.

Does Hosta Self-seed?
Yes, hostas are capable of self-seeding, provided the right environment exists. However, not all hosta cultivars are fertile. Some of them may not produce viable seeds. Also, the resulting hostas may or may not end up resembling the parent plant.

Does Hosta Have Seeds?
Yes, hostas do produce seeds. However, most gardeners, if not all, prefer growing their hostas using the division method as opposed to growing hostas from seeds as it is easy, affordable, and you get hostas that are true to the parent plants.

Does Hosta like Water?
In order to grow well and perform at their best, hostas prefer fertile, average moist soil, but not waterlogged areas; so, watering your hostas is definitely something that is recommended (around 1 inch a week). Without proper moisture, your hostas won’t thrive the way you expect them to. In addition, you should strongly consider mulching as it helps in maintaining the ideal moist environment.

Does Hosta like Shade?
They do. Hostas are shade-loving perennials, and several varieties grow best in adequate shade. However, that doesn’t imply that they shouldn’t be exposed to sunlight at all; several hosta varieties perform their best when grown in spots that are exposed to low to moderate sunlight.

Is Hosta Poisonous to Rabbits?
Hostas are not known to be toxic to rabbits. In fact, rabbits love to chew, nibble and snack on hostas. Some rabbits, particularly the young ones, chew down to the stems. Home remedies like sprinkling garlic salt or planting garlic plants around the hostas can help keep away the bunnies from munching on your hostas.

What Hosta Has the Biggest Leaves?
With leaf sizes varying from 28-46 inches, Giant hostas boast of the biggest leaves. Some of its cultivars can grow up to 48 inches and be as wide as 72 inches. However, Giant hostas may often fail to achieve its full potential due to other competing trees and plants in the garden that soak in nutrients and moisture.

Can I Plant Hosta Bulbs in The Fall?
Yes, hosta bulbs can be planted in the fall. When it comes to planting hostas, timing isn’t a crucial factor. Though most gardeners prefer to plant hosta bulbs in spring or summer.

How to Grow Hosta Plants?
Hostas are an easy-to-grow plant that needs little maintenance. They are mostly shade-loving, though few varieties of hostas prefer low to moderate sunlight. So, the garden spot you choose for planting your hostas could be crucial. Although the timing isn’t a very important factor, try and plant them in spring.
Hostas prefer fertile and well-aerated moist soil with a pH of around 6 to 6.5. Plant your hostas a foot apart. You may add a layer of mulch on top. Ensure you water your plants properly; an inch of watering per week is a good idea. Also, opt for periodic fertilization.
There may be other specific instructions depending on the variety of hosta you want to grow; so, make sure you read the instruction manual or any other accompanying literature.

Why Are my Hosta Plants Turning Brown?
Browning of your hosta plants is most likely a sign of drought stress or could be caused by normal seasonal changes. In rare occasions, it happens from a disease or pest. In cases where browning results from drought stress, adequate watering accompanied by the addition of a thick layer of mulch can help rectify the situation.

What Causes Holes in Hosta Plants?
Holes in your hosta plants are most likely caused by slugs and/or snails. They are some of the most common hosta pests. Control measures include beer and other organic-based baits.

How to Transplant Hosta Plants?
If it’s a bare root plant, first, you will need to soak it in water for at least an hour. Keep it soaked if you aren’t going to transplant it immediately. Gently untangle the roots with your fingers and then transplant the hosta into a hole in your garden bed. Fill the hole loosely with soil. Ensure that the crown stays above the ground. Water immediately and thoroughly. Adding an additional layer of mulch on top is a good idea.

What Kills Hosta Plants?
While common hosta pests like slugs and snails affect the appearance and beauty of your hosta plants, it’s fungal infections like petiole rot and root rot that can kill your hosta plants. Nematodes are another fatal nemesis, which can ruin the appearance of your hostas; if not contained by destructing the affected plants, nematodes can infect other hostas in the vicinity. Other enemies of hostas include black vine weevil, deer and rabbits.

What Do Hosta Plants Look Like?
Hostas, also known as plantain lily, are shade-tolerant perennials that are grown and prized for their beautiful foliage. Its leaves are generally oval-, lance- or heart-shaped and can have a wide variety of colors: green, blue, white, or variegated. Hostas grow in mounded clumps. They can be as tall as 48 inches or as small as 6 inches. Hostas bear flowers on tall stems; the flower colors can be lavender, blue or white.

How Much Do Hosta Plants Cost?
The cost of hosta plants depends on the variety you pick. A single hosta plant usually retails between $4.99 and $44.99; it may or may not include shipping costs. However, hostas can be purchased at cheaper rates from large hosta nurseries like Green Mountain Hosta Nursery. We retail from $4 for older varieties to a maximum of $16 for latest introductions; the cherry on top is that all orders above $100 are shipped FREE.

How to Fertilize Hosta Plants?
Hostas are low-maintenance plants and do not essentially need fertilization. However, periodic and proper fertilization can yield excellent results. At the time of planting, you may opt for starter fertilizers, which are high in phosphorus that helps root growth. Usage instructions depend on the brand you select and are usually mentioned in the accompanying manual. For established plants, go for 10-10-10, slow-release fertilizer; restrict fertilizer usage to 1 pound per 100 sq. ft.

Where Did Hosta Plants Originate?
The origin of hosta can be traced to northeast Asia: eastern China, Korea and Japan. Hosta has about 40 species, out of which about 30 originated in Japan alone.

Can Hosta Plants Grow Indoors?
Hostas can be grown indoors, subject to the prevalence of the right conditions. Hostas enter a period of dormancy in winter and require the temperature to be below 42-degrees Fahrenheit. Also, depending on the variety you choose to grow indoors, your hosta plant may require a few hours of low to moderate sunshine.

Can Hosta Plants Grow in Pots?
Hostas can be grown in pots. The container size should be selected keeping in mind the mature size of your hosta plant. Ensure that the container has at least one drainage hole, if not more. Adding a layer of rock at the bottom of the container can be a good idea as it assists in drainage.