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Hosta plants are a fun and easy shrub to grow. They perform well in shade gardens and can be grown across most of the United States. You can buy hostas online to have in your garden!

There are hundreds of different types of hostas that have different colored leaves and flower colors. Our 6 hosta varieties are great options if you are looking for low maintenance plants that are easy to care for. They can spruce up any garden area and love to be planted underneath trees.

These herbaceous groundcovers are perennial plants and will come back year after year with the proper care and maintenance. It doesn't take much effort to keep them thriving. They will spread to the area that you plant them in.

Hostas prefer well drained soil and part shade to full shade. Growing hostas in your landscape will provide a pop of green color during the spring and summer growing months. A flower stalk will appear as well.

Hostas are evergreen in some locations and deciduous in others. If you are in a cold climate they will die down to the ground during the winter. In the spring the leaves will re-emerge when the weather warms up. Hosta winter protection includes mulching heavily to protect against frost.

Hostas love to be planted in the shade and can be creative landscaping plants. Landscaping with hostas ensures you will have unique gardens. They can be planted in borders, shade gardens, or even in containers.

Did you know hostas are edible? Although almost forgotten on the edible foods list... hostas can be foraged and cooked in many ways. A lost art.

Check out the Hosta Growing Guide for more information on these gorgeous shade plants.

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How to Care for Hostas

How to Plant Hostas

Dig a hole at least twice the size of the root ball. Gently place the potted hosta into the hole and be sure the top of the plant is even with the ground. Backfill with native soil or amended soil and press down until the soil is compacted. Be sure there are not any air bubbles in the soil as roots cannot grow through air pockets. 

Where to Plant Hostas

Hostas do best in partial sun to full shade area with lots of afternoon shade. Some morning sun is alright but these are plants that love the shade! Hostas are tough and adaptable, but moist, well draining soil is best to help keep them thriving. Hosta plants thrive best across the United States in USDA growing zones 4-9, they are very cold hardy!

Growing Hostas Indoors

Although traditionally grown outdoors in the garden, they can grow indoors if given the appropriate growing conditions. You’ll want to keep your hosta plant in a container with a drainage hole and water whenever the soil feels slightly dry. They prefer consistently moist soil but they don't like wet feet. Place the container in an area with bright indirect sunlight. Fertilize the hosta shrubs occasionally as they are heavy feeders and need lots of nutrients.

Planting Hostas in Pots

You can totally keep hostas in pots! Hostas in containers should have plenty of room to grow their roots as well as a drainage hole to allow excess water to drain out. Too much water in the bottom of the pot can cause root rot and can kill your plants. Potted hostas require more frequent watering and fertilizing to help aid in nutrient distribution that it is lacking from not having surrounding soil. You will need to repot hostas in containers every few years to freshen up the soil and provide more room for the plants to grow. Keep the container in dappled shade.

How to Grow Hostas

Growing hostas is rewarding to see the plants grow and produce their beautiful flowers blossoms year after year. They take consistent upkeep to keep them looking their best. An annual application of fertilizer will help provide nutrients lacking from the soil and helps the plants grow to their best ability. The best Fertilizer for hostas is a well balanced, slow release fertilizer like the one we offer on our website. When watering hostas be sure they are getting at least 1 inch of water per week.

How Much Sun Do Hostas Need?

Hostas like limited sun exposure. They prefer at least 2 hours of sunlight every day. There are some varieties of hostas for sun and varieties of hostas for shade. Be sure to check each variety before planting and choose your planting spot wisely. Pro tip: morning sun is better for the sensitive plants, as too much afternoon sun can scorch the leaves. 

When to Plant Hostas

The coolest thing about hostas is that they can be planted at virtually any time except through the extreme heat of summer or dead cold of winter. The absolute best time to plant hostas is in early spring or early fall. They can be planted up to 6 weeks before your first frost date. 

When Do Hostas Bloom?

Depending on the variety, hosta plants can bloom from late spring through late summer. The majority of hosta varieties will bloom in late spring. The plants will send up tall shoots where the flower buds will appear.

How to Prune Hostas

Cutting back hostas where they are any dead or damaged leaves. Cut the stalks that the flower buds appeared on after they are finished flowering. Pruning hostas will encourage new growth. Being herbaceous perennials, the plants will die back in the winters where the weather is harsh. New shoots will pop up in spring. 

When to Cut Back Hostas

The best time to prune hostas is in late winter or early spring.

How Far Apart to Plant Hostas

Space hosta plants according to their mature height and width which will be dependent on the variety. Large hostas typically can be spaced up to 2-3 feet apart while small hostas can be spaced up to 1-2 feet apart.

Do Hostas Spread?

Yes hostas can spread and act as a groundcover plant once they are established. Fertilizing annually will speed up the spreading process. They will eventually need to be divided once they outgrow their planting site. 

When to Divide Hostas

The best time to divide hostas is in early spring or early fall. 

How to Divide Hostas 

When dividing hostas, be sure to try to get most of the root ball out. They do not like being separated too much from their main root systems. Once you get the whole plant out of the ground, you can divide the shrub into clusters of 3 of the mini plants that construct the plant.  Dividing hostas in spring is typically our preferred time of year to do this activity so the hostas have the whole growing season to establish as new plants. Be sure to water thoroughly after dividing to ensure they can keep thriving.

How to Replant Hostas

Replanting hostas is beneficial when the plant has outgrown its current home. It will give the hosta shrub a chance to refresh the soil that is surrounding its roots and give beneficial nutrients to help it grow stronger. Similar to dividing the hostas, you should dig up the entire plant and try to keep as much of the root system intact as possible. Move the hostas to its new home and give it humus rich soil.

How to Prepare Hostas for Winter

Preparing hostas for winter is not a hard task but does take some attention. Maintain consistent watering throughout the summer and fall. If you are feeding hostas, stop feeding them in early fall to avoid encouraging new growth before dormancy. New growth is more susceptible to frost damage. After the first frost of the winter, trim the hostas back and discard the leaves. If you are in an area with long, cold winters you can place a layer of mulch or organic matter over the top of the hostas growing area to help insulate them during freezes. Warmer growing zones do not require mulch. Hostas in winter will die back to the ground.

What to Plant With Hostas

Hostas do well with other shade loving perennials. You can choose from a variety of different sizes, shapes, and colors to complement the big green hosta leaves. Colored hostas are a great way to bring uniqueness to your garden. Plants such as dayliliesholliesgardeniashydrangeas, or liriope will work well to flatter your colorful hostas. 

Landscaping With Hostas

You can plant hostas around trees or underneath small trees. Trees provide sufficient shade and protection from the hot sun. The hosta roots are not too wide and will not damage the tree roots. Other landscaping ideas for hostas include borders, shade gardens, and container gardening. 

 Do Deer Eat Hostas?

Deer love plants! Hostas are a tasty treat for passing deer and other animals if they are hungry enough. There are ways to safeguard your hostas from hungry deer.

Are Hostas Poisonous to Dogs?

When eaten in large quantities, hostas are poisonous and potentially lethal for dogs and other pets. The entire plant including stems, leaves, flowers, and roots is toxic if ingested. Contact your veterinarian if your pup has taken some bites of a hosta plant. 

How to Get Rid of Slugs on Hostas

Rainy conditions are optimum for slugs and since hostas are herbaceous perennials that love to stay consistently moist, the slugs may go after them. Some means of keeping them away include placing crushed eggshells around the diameter of the plant, slug bait, picking the slugs off by hand, and removing excess fallen leaves and debris in the garden area to help deter them. There are different types of hostas that are slug resistant.  

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