With fresh air and fewer insects and plant diseases to worry about, Fall is a pretty great time in the garden.
But for hostas, those beautiful leaves are beginning to die back making the plant look a bit ragged, but the plant is just conserving energy and getting ready for their winter sleep where they will await warm Spring temperatures.
Here are some ways that you can care for your hostas during the Fall season.
As long as the hosta leaves are green, when there's a lack of rainfall, the hosta plant will need to be watered at the base, even in the Fall.
This is because when a hosta emerges in the Spring, it is emerging on the energy and food reserves that the plant stored in its rhizome late the previous Summer and Fall. If the hosta received sufficient water in late Summer and Fall, it should emerge the next spring as a larger plant because it was able to store away more energy than it used.
However, a hosta that does not receive adequate moisture in late Summer and Fall cannot build up the energy reserves it needs to increase in size. The result is a hosta that emerges the following Spring smaller than it was the year before.
Multiple unusually dry Summers or Falls in a row can be especially devastating for hostas, as they are unable to replenish their depleted energy reserves.
Your hostas need no further fertilizer than what they were given in the Spring and early Summer. As a rule, stop fertilizing hostas two months before your expected first frost date. This will aid the hostas in preparing for their winter dormancy.
You can divide your hostas in early Fall, up to six weeks before your average first frost date.
For our full article on when to divide hostas, click here.