Make mountains of leaves a low-maintenance, yet attractive option for shady areas hostas in the garden. Many varieties grow impressive stalks of white flowers in summer, which adds more color and interest to your beds. While hostas only need minimal care, so most of the service you provide to ensure that the plants remain healthy and productive for many years.
While hostas grow well in shady beds, they require some sunlight to produce the best leaves and flowers. Some morning sun or filtered sun all day provides just enough light for most hosta varieties. Who can develop in the deep shade grown dull leaves, especially those growing normally colorful foliage. Hostas are grown in full shade also less likely to produce flowers. Hostas with blue-colored leaves tolerate more shade than yellow and white varieties, advises the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Service.
Hostas can begin as smaller plants, but within a year or two they spread over the garden bed with their mounds of foliage. Distance the young hostas at the correct distance from the planting bed that later prevented from getting overcrowded. If grown too narrow, the hostas compete with each other for moisture, sunlight and soil nutrients. This competition leads to weaker plants that are more susceptible to insect and fungus problems. Small hosta varieties growing need one square meter of space, while the larger types to have three square feet of space.
Moist soils that can not do mushy provide the best home for hosta plants. Compost before planting increases the amount of organic matter in the soil, which helps the bed to keep the right amount of moisture. While hostas need moist soil, the roots will not tolerate poorly drained, soggy soils. Watering once a week, which has about an inch of moisture per plant keeps the soil moisture on the right. Covering the bottom surface of a mulch further helps to keep the moisture in the soil.
Fertilization hostas too late in the summer encourages a new flush of growth, too delicate to winter frost, the plant damage caused survive. Feeding the plants in the spring and summer are the hostas the necessary nutrients for healthy growth, but is also no new growth before winter cold tires. Two applications of a slow-release all-purpose fertilizer to provide all the nutrients most hosta plants need.