Here are 6+ things you need to know before planting hostas

Hostas are a staple perennial in many gardens. Known for their shade-loving tendencies, these gorgeous plants can help add a touch of color to shady corners in your yard. Available in a variety of shades of green, and both solid and variegated varieties, it's easy to find the perfect plant to accent your garden space. An added bonus is that they are quite easy to grow.
Before planting hostas it's important to check out these tips.
1. Best to plant in spring or late summer
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Hostas can be planted any time the ground is workable but they do best when planted in the spring or late summer (after the hottest part of the season has passed). According to Bob's Hostas this will allow root systems to establish before the hottest part of the growing season, or before plants go dormant in the fall.
2. Prefer moist soil
Plants like soil that will hold water well, without being overly damp. Their shallower root systems can not access water held deeply in the soil. Mulch garden beds to help retain soil moisture.
3. Need a fairly large space
While the plants may grow fairly wide, their root systems will extend outwards in the soil almost to the edge of the leaves. Plant on giving each plant approximately 2-3' of space to allow it to have adequate room for root growth.
4. Add organic matter to hole
When preparing planting holes, make sure you dig holes that are more wide than deep. Then add a generous helping or finished compost or other organic matter to the bottom of the hole, working it into the soil. This will help to improve the soil structure, increase water retention, and provide nutrients to the plant over time.
5. Soak bare root stock before planting
If you are planting bare root stock in the spring, soak plants in water a couple of hours prior to planting. Oregon Live gives easy to follow detailed instructions on how to do this.
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6. Mulch cautiously

It's important to mulch around plants to help soil moisture retention, but you don't want to mulch directly up to the stem of the plant. This encourages fungal problems and other diseases, as well as voles if mulch is applied too thickly.

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