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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Great Gifts for Hosta Lovers




Great Practical Gifts for Hosta Lovers!

Besides the Plants!

Whether you're buying for yourself or that hosta lover you know, it's not easy to find great gifts aside from hosta plants (which are ALWAYS a good gift choice)?


Here are some great gift ideas that any hosta lover would love.  The end of the blog has a link to our list of
unique hosta gifts sure to please any hostaholic or hosta lover!


Our Top Tool Picks


The right tool for the job!  Every hosta enthusiast has at one time or another endeavored to divide a very large rooted hosta.  It takes a lot of strength and elbow grease!  


Here at Sunset Hosta Farm, we find these tools invaluable and always have them on hand.


Hori Hori Knife for Dividing Hostas
Hori-Hori Knife
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A hori-hori knife 


Hori-Hori roughly translates into "dig-dig", and this tool is one we use constantly here at Sunset Hosta Farm.  It is a multi-purpose tool that's built for versatility.  In addition to its sharp double edges, which is great for dividing hosta roots, it was handy inch markers.


It's one of the most popular garden knives and rated #1 in many garden publications.


Razor Tooth Folding Saw
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Razor Tooth Folding Hand Saw


Another tool I can't do without at the hosta farm is a razor tooth folding saw.  I use the one pictured above because I especially like the fact that the curved blade easily folds up covering the blade into a folded position for safety.  


This saw is well built and has lasted for years.  It is designed to cut small to medium-sized branches which is perfect for all size hosta roots.


Japanese Weeding Sickle
Japanese Weeding Sickle
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Japanese Weeding Sickle


Great for uprooting weeds and manipulation of the soil.  The tip of the outer edge of the hook is used by a pushing action.  

They are also available in shorter handles, but I prefer the long handled kind to reduce the amount of bending and stooping I need to do..




Weed Slayer Trowel
Root Slayer Trowel
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Hand Tool - Jagged-EdgeTrowel 


Another favorite of mine.  This is literally a trowel with jagged cutting edges.  One of the best hand tools I can recommend.


I always look for tools that have some type of holder.  I tend to be a bit sloppy with where I place my tools and I have lost several due to leaving them out in bad weather.  Having a tool with some type of holder for safe storage is what I always look for.


This one is a heavy duty double edge trowel that will last a long time if it is kept clean.





Garden Markers with Copper Labels
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Garden Markers


These are the longest lasting garden markers I have found.  I prefer the longer stakes.  They're rainproof, weatherproof and they look great for showing off the hosta names and personalizing your hosta garden.

There's an option to add the markers in with your order.


Hosta leaf with water drops


Watering Ideas


Hostas need  a lot of water.  A consistent amount of water each  week is one of the best things you can do to keep your hostas happy and healthy.  

It comes as a surprise to some that watering hostas through the Fall season is very important.  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.


Why?  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. 


Drip Irrigation Hose
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Drip Irrigation Hose


Drip hoses are a great time saver.  Turn it on and set a timer, move it and repeat.  Water your hosta garden while you work on other things that are more fun than watering.

They come in as many types and lengths as you can think of so you should be able to find one that fits your garden.


Hose Splitter
Hose Splitter
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Hose Splitters


Again, available in many sizes and splitting capabilities, some even come with timers.  No tools needed.  Just screw on your hoses.  This splitter can rotate 360 degrees allowing you to pull the hoses in all directions.


Collapsible Rain Barrel
Collapsible Rain Barrel
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Rain Barrels


To conserve water at our hosta farm, we employ several rain barrels for water collection.  In a home garden, one or more of these 50-gallon rain barrels will probably suffice.

This one is collapsible for winter storage, but there are plenty of rain barrel types that are made of polyethylene and heavy-duty plastic.


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Need more ideas?  Check out the link below for unique and fun hosta-related gift ideas.


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