How many varieties of hosta plants are there?
There are almost endless variety of hostas including blue, light and dark green, silver, white, variegated and gold. They come in all shapes and sizes from very large to miniature. Leaves are varied in shape and texture. There is also quite a variety within each color.
What are the eyes of a hosta plant?
The eye is the part of the crown from where the leaves grow in sets. The eyes spring to life when the warm weather hits.
What does bare root mean?
That means there is no soil on the roots.The soil is carefully washed off the roots before shipment.
When you ship bare root, what will the plant look like?
The plant will have 1-3 eyes or more (see FAQ), depending on the variety. During growing season the plant will have leaves. If the plant is shipped when dormant (spring), the plant will not be leafed out. Plant it and the leaves will come! Roots will be washed and wrapped with moist paper and plastic.
Do hostas have any pests?
Yes - moles, voles, slugs and deer. There are solutions. Use bait traps for moles and voles and commercial products such as slug bait (comes organic) or dishes of beer for slugs. Plant hostas close to the house, near a lighted area or mix hosta with other plants for a deer problem. You can also get an electric fence.
Can hostas get too much shade?
Although hosta is a shade loving plant, if it's too dark hostas will probably grow and survive, but not flourish. Ideally, hostas prefer a dappled shade. While some hostas are sun tolerant, if there is not enough shade it may effect leaf color.
How often should I water?
When first planted, water daily. It's good to fertilize at this time. Once established, only water during dry spells.
Should I fertilize?
An organic humus or compost to fertilize will help hosta to grow strong and healthy.
How do I plant them?
Dig a hole large enough in the soil to fit the whole root comfortably, pat down the soil well and water. Fertilize the soil.