9 tips from experienced gardeners on how to make your hostas thrive

Hostas are a lovely plant for most gardens. Generally low maintenance, they can create beautiful landscaping was a large, full plant. There are more than 2500 varieties of the Hosta providing nearly endless ways to meet the needs of any gardener.
If your aim is to get the strongest plants possible, check out these 10 pro tips.
1. Shade matters
Hostas are notorious for being shade tolerant, but some varieties need a little more light. Gardening Know How recommends looking at the leaves. Darker leaves need moderate shade, lighter leaves fair well in brighter sun, but make sure all receive at least some shade.
2. Leave the dead foliage alone
When the plants die in the winter, leave the dead foliage alone. Try adding some leaves on top to provide a little insulation. The foliage will let you see where the plants are and prevent accidental trampling of the new growth in the spring, HostaGuy suggests.
3. Protect the shoots
Keep deer away from your Hosta sprouts by planting daffodils around the shoots. Protect the plant from slugs by dusting the ground around the shoots with sand.
4. Use a belt to move the plant
If you need to relocate your Hosta plant, pull the leaves together and secure a belt around the stems to keep them from breaking while you transplant. See how it's done here.
5. Revive your plant
If your Hosta takes a turn for the worse, you may be able to save it. Pull the damaged plant from the ground, salvage what you can and plant it in a jar of water until the roots are ready to be replanted. Check out this tutorial.
6. Divide the plants to make them fuller
This is a case of what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Dividing Hostas can give you more plants. It takes a few weeks to get them established if you tackle them in the summer, but it gives you time to fully prepare them to get settled for the winter and next spring.
7. Clean around the plant
When the fall weather settles in, it's time to clean up the flower bed to prevent rot and other pests. Some gardeners prefer removing the foliage while others (see tip #2, just let it be). Either way now is a good time to remove anything around the plant that could cause rotting or disease.
8. Use mulch
If you live in a hot dry climate and/or have sandier soil, try adding mulch around your plants to ensure they don't dry out too quickly, according to Flea Market Gardening.
9. Be patient
It takes several years for a Hosta to really be established (an average of three). If you want a bigger plant faster, don't buy a starter plant from a nursery. Ask a friend to give you a division from their plant instead.
Beginning gardeners will love that this plant is pretty sturdy and it can provide plenty of leaves and coverage. While generally low maintenance, try a few of these tips to ensure you get the best plant possible and don't forget to share these tips with your friends on Facebook.
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