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Hostas are great garden plants that will add texture and
color to shady or semi-shady spots in your garden. Actually, hostas will take a
pretty good amount of sun as long as they receive adequate water.
Hostas can be purchased either in containers or as bare root
Bare root hostas should have their roots soaked in water for
a couple of hours before planting to re-hydrate the root systems. Hostas prefer nice light, loose garden soil,
so add lots of organic matter to your planting area when you are putting in
Hostas will appreciate a water-soluble fertilizer at
planting time and monthly during the growing season.
Large hostas are easy to dig and divide in the spring time
when the leaves are just emerging and are still pencil sized, in fall as the
leaves begin to yellow or even in the early summer as long as you have good
soil conditions and keep them well watered.
Just lift the entire clump and separate the roots. Some of
the smaller root pieces on the outer perimeter of the plant will pull apart
easily. You can also cut the root system into pieces using a sharp knife, a
serrated bread knife or a hacksaw.
Slugs love hostas. To protect your hostas from slug damage,
you can set out baits for the slugs. Use a tuna can, dig a hole near your
hostas and sink the tuna can in it up to the rim. Fill the can with beer and
the slugs will be attracted to the smell. They will fall in and meet their
Or you can use grapefruit halves. Hollow the grapefruits, and place
them cut side down in the garden. The slugs will crawl under them during the
night. Go out early in the morning, lift the grapefruits and squish the slugs
or put them in a bucket of soapy water.
The Hosta Society also recommends a vinegar spray. Mix one part white vinegar
to four parts water and spray the leaves and surrounding area with the
There is also a product call diatomaceous earth (DE) that is very effective for controlling slugs and snails around your hostas.
Hostas are also susceptible to root and crown rot diseases.
Yellow leaves can be caused by heat stress, but there are also fungi that can
affect hostas. Rhizoctonia root rot is fairly common and can be treated with a soil drench fungicide to prevent further spread of the disease.
Crown rot is another problem, caused by a fungus called
Sclerotium. This disease is most likely spread by contaminated soil and plants.
So checking closely for evidence of the fungal bodies---fine white threads or
small, mustard seed looking spheres—can prevent the disease from getting to
your garden in the first place.
Once crown rot has invaded your garden removal of the
contaminated soil (to eight inches deep!) is really the only way to get rid of
Careful inspection of new and existing plants for evidence of
problems, good sanitation practices, proper planting techniques (not too deep!)
and maintaining mulch free zones around the plant base are all ways to help
prevent disease problems with hostas.