Sunday, October 8, 2023

Hori Hori Knife - Why You Need One!


Hori Hori Knives and Why Every Gardener Needs One

While the Hori Hori knife has been around for quite a while, with its beginnings from Japan,  it has recently just caught the attention of many gardeners because of the knife's strong build and versatility of garden uses. 

Sun's Effect on Hosta Leaf Color

First Frost Hosta with Leaf Color change from sun

Sun's Effect on Hosta Leaf Color

Hostas plants continue to be a favorite perennial plant for plenty of reasons. Their toughness, beauty, ease of care and variety of great sizes, leaf colors and shapes make it one of the best plants for a shade or semi-shade garden.

Contrary to what some people may think, though, no hosta will survive, much less thrive, in complete shade. All plants need some sunlight to photosynthesize.

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

How to fix Hosta Center Die-Out

Large clump of Golden Tiara Hosta

How to Fix Hosta Center Die-Out

Also Known as Fairy Ring

Hosta center die-out is sometimes referred to as "clump die-back" and “fairy ring.” The latter is a nickname given to this problem that is said to result from fairies dancing in the middle of the plant.

It's a common problem with hostas since they are a very long-lived perennial, but this problem can be easily remedied. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

What Are Sun Tolerant Hostas?

Hosta Leaves in the Sun with Rain Drops on Leaves

What are Sun Tolerant Hostas?

One of the most common questions I hear about hostas is, can hostas handle sun?  

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.

Monday, September 18, 2023

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.

Sunday, September 17, 2023

Fertilizing Your Hostas

Variegated Hosta next to a Solid Leafed Hosta

Fertilizing Your Hosta Plants

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

But how can you keep those beautiful hostas thriving year after year?

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