Gardening

Growing hostas in gardens and pots

Hostas are perennials that tend to grow well outdoors and can vary in size. Their lush foliage and easy care make them ideal for a low-maintenance garden. They are native to the East and brought to Europe in the 18th century, but today there are more than 2,500 cultivars with so much variety in the shape, size and texture of the leaves. While growing hostas  is considered easy, it helps to know how to do it to help the plants reach their full potential in the garden.

Growing hostas in the garden

Hosta  grows well in partially shaded areas, so planting near good-sized plants or near trees is ideal. The type of plant to choose will depend on the place of planting, so consider this when buying hostas rhizomes . Plant the hosta in early spring, when winter is over, as the roots will expand and the plant will stick together before the summer months. Now if you are going to plant them at the end of the summer, do it at least 6 weeks before the first frost.

Soak the hostas , pour cold water into a small container and rest the crown of the plant on the edge of the container so that the roots soak in the liquid. Before sowing, carefully untangle the roots and make sure they are all pointing in the direction they will grow.

Prepare the area with a hoe or rake, loosening the soil to a depth of 30 cm. Mix the substrate with a light amount of compost to help enrich the soil and the species in different weather conditions. Dig shallow holes (twice the width of the roots) and leave a 12 to 3 foot space between each hole.

Place the plant in the hole so that the top of the root is level with the surface of the soil. Fill the hole with soil and gently compact around the base of the plant. Add mulch to the surface to keep the soil moist and prevent weeds from growing and rodents from approaching. Water with plenty of water so that it sits better.

Potted hostas cultivation

Being a very easy species to care for, it can also stand out in a nice pot. So first make sure that the pot has the necessary holes for good drainage. When opting for shade-blooming plants  like hostas , remove the plant from the container where it came from, loosen the roots, and gently untangle them.

Prepare the pot with an acid substrate, leaving enough space in the center to place the roots of the hostas. Insert it so that it is deep enough and then backfill it so that it is level. Wet the soil at the end until it begins to drain. Continue with your usual care so that it looks beautiful and healthy.

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