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Homemade Hosta Fertilizer: The Natural Version

Hostas and other plants growing along a shaded gravel pathway.

All plants need food in the form of plant nutrients, and the hosta family is no different. Concocting your own natural homemade hosta fertilizer is educational and fun. Making your own fertilizer allows you to compose a blend that matches the unique needs of your soil, plants, and environmental conditions. Combining plant nutrient sciences with … Read more

Learn When to Fertilize Hostas

Hostas and rhododendron along the edge of the lawn.

When to fertilize hostas? Generally, this would be a “how long is a piece of string” question, but we’ve made an effort to answer it conclusively and specifically. We need to consider several variables to optimize fertilizer applications to perennials like hostas. Application timing must coincide with growth phases, soil temperatures, plant hardening needs, nutrient … Read more

Using Natural Fertilizer for Hostas

To grow, develop, and produce at their best, plants need ready access to 20 essential plant nutrients. In managing all the elements that contribute to healthy soil, gardeners often get fertility wrong. Your hosta will be healthier and more productive if you give them what they need, not more, and not less. Natural fertilizers of … Read more

Why Use Compost for Hostas – Does It Really Help

Compost ready to use in a compost bin with a spading fork.

Growing hostas is easy if you satisfy their single, non-negotiable demand – healthy garden soil rich in organic matter is the shortest route to meeting this need. The organic matter and microorganisms in compost help create the soil characteristics required by hosta plants. Compost introduces a diverse and essential population of organisms that boost several … Read more

Do Hostas Spread: Some Do and Many Don’t

Small green hostas spreading over rocks.

Hostas are one of the most popular plants for home gardens, but do hostas spread? It’s a common question that many gardeners have. The answer is both yes and no. All hostas are rhizomatous. While most hostas form close growing clumps, some hostas have extended rhizomes and are more spread out. Some examples of rhizomatous … Read more

Do Hostas Like Manure

A manure pile in front of a barn.

There is some disagreement over whether or not manure is beneficial for hostas. Some people say that hostas like manure and it gives them a healthy boost, while others claim it can damage their leaves. This article will help you decide whether or not you should add manure to the soil when planting hostas. Manure … Read more

Slow Release Fertilizer for Hostas: Less Work & Better Plants

Hostas growing along a stream with a bridge in the background

Less work, one or two applications a year. Constant fertilizer available to your hostas. This is what makes slow release fertilizer for hostas a winner. This type of fertilizer slowly releases nutrients into the soil so that they are available for longer periods. Slow-release fertilizers work well in all types of soils, including clay and … Read more

How to Keep Rabbits From Eating Hostas {23 Great Tips}

Do rabbits eat hostas? Here is a trio of rabbits that does.

Do rabbits eat hostas? Rabbits can wreak havoc on your plants if you don’t stop them, but there are several things you can try to save your plants. Read on… Rabbits are one critter that can easily decimate your hostas if you don’t take steps to get rid of them and keep them away from your … Read more

Fragrant Hostas Stunning Beauty for Your Garden

White flower and buds of a fragrant hosta.

As a hosta lover, I cannot imagine not having a few fragrant varieties growing in my garden and even in pots inside my home. Fragrant hostas are a treat for any hosta lover as they are not only beautiful, but they have lovely fragrant blooms to match. Fragrant hostas are versatile, hardy, and easy-to-grow plants … Read more

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