Yes. I completely admit it I am a hostaholic.
Yes, hosta crazy. I plant them in the ground, I plant them in pots, I plant them in planters.
And I am a somewhat irreverent hosta owner. I barely remember what it is I have planted by the cultivar name. I choose what I am planting on the leaf and the color and the size.
As an irreverent hosta owner, I also don’t pay close attention to problems. Beyond the basics that is – sunny days can scorch so leaves, deer think they are salad, and slugs eat holes in leaves. I put down deer repellent – spray mostly with PlantSkydd or Deer Out. For slugs? Slug bait — Sluggo. And FYI all three are organic. Won’t harm domestic animals to the best of my knowledge.
I have no hosta tenders, it’s just me and for the most part they are among the easiest plants I grow. So here are a few articles about hostas for y’all who are searching:
Growing Hostas: How To Care For A Hosta Plant (Gardening Know How)
PSU Extension: Hosta Diseases / Informational table showing disease name, symptoms, pathogen/cause, and management of Hosta diseases.
HortMag.com: Identifying Hosta Diseases and Pests
Common hosta problems
BY: GARDEN GATE STAFF
The Spruce: How to Grow Hostas
Gardeners’ World: How to grow hostas
Find out how to grow lush, slug-free hostas, in our start-to-finish Grow Guide.
Fine Gardening: Designing with Hostas
Get the most from these perennial favorites by following some simple strategies
Fine Gardening Podcast: Let’s Argue About Plants Episode 22: Hot Hostas
Stalwarts of nearly every garden, there is little surprise left with this genus . . . or is there?
Anyway I hope these are helpful resources if you were interested in learning about hostas.
For mail order I suggest New Hampshire Hostas and Crownsville Nursery. I also have purchased some lovely hostas from Naylor Creek.
I love hostas too! Mine are just peeking a half inch out of the ground now and I can’t help checking on them.
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Everytime I have moved I replant my white hostas. This year, however, something was distorting the leaves as they came up. Twisted, paler, spikes and the leaves would not unfurl. These were in a large pot and left outside for the winter. Googling the problem, it stated the dreaded “Black Vine Beetle” was eating the stems.
Upon closer inspection you could see half moon like bites along the base stems. Remedy: Try and catch the bug or throw everything out, including 25+ lbs of dirt and that’s what we did. Potting anew, the next morning the squirrels had visited every container and dug up all the newly planted perennials looking for buried treasures! Any solutions on that one would be appreciated. I have hot pepper sauce on hand and looking for a used sling shot in the meantime.
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Good information on the Black Vine Beetle! I will look for them when my Hostas get a little bigger. I can’t say I have a solution for the squirrels. They are everywhere here. In my old garden they had enough walnuts that they didn’t bother my garden too much. In my newer garden, they even eat my tomatoes! Maybe a hot pepper spray would be a good idea! Good luck.
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