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Hosta are one of the best plants when it comes to foliage. They are easy to grow and there is wide variety to choose from, with varying leaf shape, size, and colour. These shade loving perennials will love a covered spot in your garden getting partial to full shade. Our Hostas are all well-established ready to plant specimens that will fill any gaps in your garden beautifully. All are available for nationwide delivery across the UK.

Hostas are popular perennial plants known for their lush foliage and adaptability to various garden conditions. To ensure the successful establishment and ongoing health of your Hosta plants, follow this comprehensive planting guide:


Site Selection

Light Requirements: Hostas thrive in partial to full shade but can tolerate some morning sun. Choose a location with dappled sunlight or filtered shade for optimal growth.

Soil Quality: Plant Hostas in well-draining, rich, and moisture-retentive soil. Amending the soil with organic matter, such as compost, enhances fertility.


Planting Time

Ideal Timing: Plant Hostas in early spring or autumn when the weather is cool, allowing the plants to establish before the onset of extreme temperatures.


Planting Process 

Planting Depth: Dig a hole that accommodates the size of the Hosta’s root ball. Plant it at the same depth it was in the container or nursery. Ensure the crown (where the roots meet the foliage) is at or slightly above the soil level.

Spacing: Space Hostas according to their mature size. Generally, space small varieties 12-18 inches apart, medium varieties 18-24 inches apart, and large varieties 24-36 inches apart.



Consistent Moisture: Keep the soil consistently moist, especially during the first growing season. Hostas prefer well-hydrated conditions but should not be waterlogged.



Mulch Application: Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base of Hosta plants. Mulch helps retain soil moisture, suppress weeds, and insulate the roots. Maintain a consistent layer of mulch throughout the growing season.


Spring Feeding: Apply a balanced, slow-release fertiliser in the spring as new growth emerges. Avoid excessive nitrogen to prevent overly lush foliage at the expense of flower production.



Remove Flower Stalks: Hostas produce attractive flower spikes. While these can be left for visual interest, removing them can redirect energy to foliage development.



Periodic Division: Hostas benefit from division every 3-5 years to maintain vigor and prevent overcrowding. Spring is an ideal time for division.


Pest and Disease Management

Slug Control: Hostas are susceptible to slug damage. Implement slug control measures, such as beer traps or organic slug repellents.

Good Air Circulation: Ensure good air circulation to reduce the risk of fungal diseases. Adequate spacing and occasional thinning can help improve air movement.


Winter Care

Late Autumn Clean up: Trim back dead foliage in late autumn after it has naturally yellowed. However, some gardeners prefer to leave the foliage for winter interest.


Container Planting

Container Considerations: If planting Hostas in containers, use a well-draining potting mix. Ensure containers have drainage holes to prevent waterlogged soil.


Enjoy the Foliage

Year-Round Appeal: Appreciate the diverse foliage of Hostas, which can vary in colour, texture, and size. These plants provide visual interest from spring until autumn.


By following this planting guide, you’ll create an optimal environment for your Hosta plants to thrive. Customise care based on your local conditions and the specific varieties you’ve chosen.

Now that your Hosta plants are in the ground, proper aftercare is essential for their continued health and beauty. Hostas are resilient perennials, and with the right care, they can thrive in your garden for years. Follow this aftercare guide to ensure your Hostas remain robust and visually appealing:



Consistent Moisture: Hostas prefer consistently moist soil. Water regularly, especially during dry periods. Provide enough water to keep the soil evenly moist but avoid waterlogging.

Deep Watering: Water deeply to encourage the development of a strong root system. Shallow watering can lead to surface roots, making the plants more susceptible to drought.



Mulch Maintenance: Continue to maintain a layer of organic mulch around Hosta plants. Mulch helps conserve soil moisture, suppress weeds, and insulate the roots from extreme temperatures.



Balanced Feeding: Apply a balanced, slow-release fertiliser in the spring as new growth emerges. Avoid high-nitrogen fertilisers that can result in excessive foliage at the expense of flower production.

Topdressing with Compost: Each spring, topdress the soil around Hostas with well-rotted compost. This adds organic matter, enhances soil fertility, and promotes healthy growth.



Remove Faded Foliage: Trim off faded or damaged leaves throughout the growing season. This enhances the plant’s appearance and allows energy to be directed toward healthy foliage.

Remove Flower Stalks: While Hostas produce attractive flowers, removing the flower stalks can redirect energy to foliage development. This is especially beneficial if you’re growing Hostas primarily for their lush leaves.



Periodic Division: Hostas benefit from division every 3-5 years to prevent overcrowding. Spring is the ideal time for division when new growth emerges. Divide the clumps, replanting healthy divisions in well-prepared soil.


Pest and Disease Management

Slug Control: Hostas are prone to slug damage. Implement slug control measures, such as placing slug traps, using slug repellents, or applying diatomaceous earth around plants.

Air Circulation: Ensure good air circulation by spacing Hostas appropriately and removing any dead or yellowing foliage. Good airflow helps prevent fungal diseases.


Winter Care

Late Autumn Cleanup: In late autumn, after the first frost, trim back any dead foliage. This helps tidy the garden and reduces the risk of overwintering pests.

Mulch Protection: In colder climates, apply an extra layer of mulch around Hostas in late autumn to protect the roots from freezing temperatures.


Container Planting

Container Check: If planted in containers, regularly check the soil moisture and adjust watering accordingly. Containerised Hostas may need more frequent watering than those in the ground.


Observation and Adaptation

Regular Inspection: Regularly inspect Hostas for signs of stress, pests, or diseases. Early detection allows for prompt intervention.

Adapt Care Practices: Adjust care practices based on your observations and the specific needs of the Hosta varieties you are growing.


Hostas are known for their low-maintenance nature, but attentive aftercare can significantly enhance their vitality and visual appeal. Enjoy the beauty of these versatile perennials in your garden!

We appreciate your choice in selecting our Hosta plants, and we want to provide you with the best gardening experience. However, it’s important to acknowledge that certain factors, particularly extreme weather conditions, are beyond our control and can impact the health of your Hosta plants.


Our Advice

Weather Monitoring: Stay informed about local weather forecasts, especially during extreme weather events. Vigilance is crucial to the well-being of your Hosta plants.

Protective Measures: Consider implementing protective measures during extreme conditions. This may include temporary shading during intense heat or covering plants during unexpected frost.

Aftermath Assessment: Following extreme weather events, carefully assess the condition of your Hosta plants. If damage occurs, follow appropriate care steps, including pruning damaged parts and adjusting watering routines.



Natural Variables: Hosta plants, like all living organisms, are influenced by natural variables. Extreme weather events are inherent risks that may impact plant health despite best care practices.

No Guarantee: Due to the unpredictable nature of extreme weather, we cannot guarantee the outcome of your Hosta’s response to such conditions. Plants may exhibit stress or damage beyond our control.


Customer Responsibility

Preventive Measures: We strongly encourage you to take proactive measures based on weather forecasts and to implement protective strategies to minimise potential harm during extreme weather.

Adaptation: Recognise that Hostas, while generally hardy, may respond differently to various weather conditions. Adapt care practices accordingly and be prepared to address any adverse effects.


Contact Us

If you have specific concerns or questions related to extreme weather impacts on your Hosta plants, please reach out to us. Our team is here to offer guidance and support within the scope of our expertise.




Note: This disclaimer serves to acknowledge the unpredictability of extreme weather events and the associated risks to Hosta plants. Your understanding, proactive care, and prompt communication are essential to ensuring the well-being of your garden.