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Thursday, December 3, 2020

Winter Care of Hostas


Winter Scene with Iciciles




Winter Care for Hosta Plants



Hostas are hardy in cold winters. In fact, hostas only need four to six weeks of temperatures below 40 degrees for the hostas to go dormant and get their winter sleep. There is no winter growth during this time like there is with some other perennials.
 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Cleaning Birdhouses, Feeders and Baths



Birdhouse Collection of Different Heights



How to Clean Birdhouses, Birdbaths and Bird Feeders


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Revive Hosta Soil

 

     

The Shining Hosta in Container



Reviving the Old Soil in Hosta Pots



Your potted hostas will greatly benefit from the container soil being refreshed every year.  It doesn't take long, and your hostas will thank you by displaying beautiful, healthy leaves.

And as you know, when we talk about hostas, It's All About the Leaves!!!

Once you learn the basics of healthy soil, you'll be able to recharge last year's potting soil and save a lot of money by doing so.

Best Care for Hostas in Pots

 
Grouping of potted hostas at varying levels


Best Care for Your Potted Hostas


To keep your hostas healthy and beautiful as they grow in pots, there are a few Hosta plants are beautiful anywhere, but I think they're even more so when they are planted in pots, especially when the pots are placed at eye level.   In my opinion, there's no better way to show off a hosta's great foliage.

Hostas Growing Slowly


  
Hosta with lime green foliage and dark green margins.




Why is my Hosta Growing So Slowly?



Ever wondered why your hostas are growing so slowly, or not growing at all, or are actually shrinking from year to year?  


Even though hostas are naturally very hardy plants, which is one of the reasons they remain so popular for perennials gardens, their ability to put on healthy growth each year depends on several things.

Monday, November 30, 2020

Hosta - Seasonal Calendar of Care

 
First Frost hosta leaves


Seasonal Calendar of Care for Hostas


One of the reasons that hostas continue to be so popular is the fact that they're a very low maintenance perennial. 


That being said, if you follow a few basic steps to care for them, you can keep your hostas looking healthy and beautiful throughout the season, whether they're snug in the ground or in pots.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

All About Hostas -- Hostas 101


Grouping of Hosta Buds in early spring


Ultimate Guide to Growing Hostas


Hostas (plantain lilies) are hardy herbaceous perennials that grow well in Zones 3 through 8, with some that can tolerate the heat of Zone 9. 


It's no surprise they continue to be one of the most popular perennials for shade gardens. Their beauty, toughness, and ease of care make them well suited for a shady or partly shady area and they will quickly become even a new gardener's favorite plant! 



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