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How To Care For Hostas

    1. Water your hostas frequently. Hostas will wilt and turn brown if their soil gets too dry, so make sure to water them frequently to keep the soil moist. Water hostas under the foliage at their bases to prevent the leaves from getting burned by the sun.
      • Watering hostas in the morning will help keep them hydrated during hotter parts of the day during the summer.
      • You can sprinkle mulch around the bases of the hostas to help keep the soil moist.
    2. Cut hostas back after the first frost. Hostas don’t stay green all winter, so after the first frost of fall, you’ll probably want to cut them back – otherwise, they’ll look dried out and dead all winter long. Use pruning shears or scissors to cut them back to a couple of inches. They’ll come back out in the spring.
      • You can also cut hostas flowers. Whether you cut your hostas when they’re flowering or once the bloom has faded is up to you!
    3. Compost the soil in the spring. At the beginning of the growing season, help bring the hostas back by adding compost to the soil. Add a layer of mulch to help retain moisture. Water the area thoroughly to help the new growth emerge.
    4. Divide your hostas after 3 or 4 years. Hostas are quite durable, and it’s easy to divide them to share with friends or plant in other areas of your garden. To divide a hosta, lift it out of the ground and separate a few stems and their roots from the main part of the plant. This is best done in early spring when the leaves are still curled, but you can do it at any point during the summer if your plants are healthy.
      • This will help maintain the overall quality of your Hostas and will make doubling your Hosta population easier.
    5. Protect your Hostas from pests. Hostas are favorites of deer, snails, and slugs. If these animals are common in the area you live, take precautions to protect against these species.
      • Keep deer away by building a fence around your yard, or luring them to the edges with other deer-friendly plants.
      • Many gardeners find that setting out shallow bowls of beer around the hostas is an effective way to get rid of slugs.
      • Eliminate black vine weevil with an insecticide soap.
      • Prevent nematodes by removing or drying overly wet foliate. If you see nematodes, which look like roundworms and feed on leaves, remove affected plants and destroy them.
    6. Protect your hostas from a disease. Maintaining the correct watering, mulch, and conditions are the key to keeping disease away from your hostas. Here are some measures you can take to prevent and combat disease:
      • Use fungicide spray if you see large spots with a dark border on your hostas, as this could be a sign of Anthracnose. Fight Anthracnose by preventing your hosta plants from getting too wet.
      • If you see brown and whistled leaves along with white masses on the plant, pull any mulch away from the hostas, as this could be a sign of Sclerotium Blight.
      • Water responsibly and prevent your hosta plants from getting too wet in order to combat Crown Rot.

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