Hosta Grab Bag
This item is available for purchase beginning in mid April. This item will be shipped in Sept-Oct according to hardiness zone.
Hosta. An affordable assortment of tried and tested Hosta varieties that will ensure a natural looking and effortless foliage planting. Height 18-36". We ship 1-2 eye roots.
Sold as: Pkg of 3
It is very important to plant these dormant perennials as soon as possible after you receive them. If it is absolutely necessary to store them for a short time before planting them, open the cartons and any plastic that is around the roots. If the roots appear dry, soak them for a few hours in warm water. Thereafter store in slightly moist peat moss in a cold, but not freezing location until you can plant. They can also be placed in pots of soil if planting will be delayed for more than 2 weeks. Use any packaged, peat-based potting soil and pots with drainage holes.
Most Bulbs, Perennials and many other garden plants require 'well-drained' soil in order to thrive. Areas that often have 'sitting' water or constantly soggy soil can quickly cause roots to rot and deteriorate, especially over winter.
Planting Roots General Info: It is a good idea to soak any bare-root perennials in water for a few hours, but not more then a day, before planting. Add organic matter to the area and provide good drainage unless the plant variety enjoys wet roots. Unless otherwise specified, bare-root perennials are usually planted with the crown (where the shoots meet the roots) an inch below the soil surface. Firm soil gently to eliminate air pockets and water in well. Mark the area clearly since it may be awhile before the plant shows itself. Pay particular attention to watering any new plants during the first season. Once established plants generally have some drought tolerance and will only need to be watered if the season is hot and dry.
Planting Hosta roots:
Space 2-3 ft. apart, depending on the variety and covering roots to a depth where growing tips are at soil surface and surrounding the crown.
Grow in well-drained, moist soil, in light to full shade. Hostas like plenty of moisture and need extra water during hot, dry spells. A 2" mulch of compost or shredded bark is beneficial taking care not to apply to close to the base of the plant but surrounding the foliage as it matures. Hostas can be grown in full sun in areas with cooler summers or if constant root moisture can be provided. Hostas take 2-4 years to become established and reach their full size after planting. Hostas can be divided in spring or fall and will greatly benefit from this every 3-4 years.
Special Instructions for White Feather Hosta: To be at its best, 'White Feather' needs about 2 hours of direct sunlight, but for the rest of the day it prefers dappled shade - not full shade. Because of the white foliage of this plant, it produces very little chlorophyll and thus cannot thrive in full shade like most hostas. These cultured plants should be started in large pots (1-2 gallons) and kept very moist, but not soaking. When the hosta reaches a reasonable size they can be planted into the garden. As the summer progresses, the leaves mature and they will become streaked with green - in some cases they may become almost totally green. The plant is only pure white when it first breaks through the soil, it will gradually become a very light green.