Hosta

 

Hosta Sieboldiana-elegans

Hosta Sieboldiana Elegans

I wanted to share with you a few more of my hostas, I hope you enjoy the pictures and the variety!

Above picture; H. Sieboldiana Elegans is a large blue leaf hosta that makes a beautiful plant. As you can see this is a huge hosta with huge leaves. Sieboldiana Elagans flowers are mostly white with a lavender tinge and will attract hummingbirds!

hosta mix

I took this picture to show you the many different hosta variations, colors and leaf structure. There are mini, small, medium, large, huge and extra huge hostas in all color variations from yellow, green to blue along with variegated yellow, white, etc. To learn more about hostas visit the Hosta Library and the American Hosta Society.

Streaked Hosta Galaxy and Hosta Regal Rumor

Hosta Galaxy and Hosta Regal Rumor

The large streaked leaf hosta in the center of this picture is H. Galaxy. I used H. Galaxy a lot in my hybridizing as it nearly always gave me streak seedling which is needed is secondary crosses. Galaxy is hard to find and if you find someone that is willing to sell you a plant it will be very expensive.

The streaked hosta in the back is H. Regal Rumor. H. Regal Rumor is one of my registered hostas from my hybridizing. It has huge beautiful purple tinged flowers and is very fertile and sets seed very easily. There are many hostas that are not fertile and will not set seed. So if you are interested in hybridizing you need to be sure to purchase fertile plants that will set seed.

Hosta Blue Umbrellas

Hosta Blue Umbrellas

H. Blue Umbrellas is an upright growing hosta and has long petiole and huge leaves when mature.

Hosta Jack of Diamonds and Abiqua Drinking Gourd

The Hosta in the front is H. Jack of Diamonds and Hosta Abiqua Drinking Gourd is in the back.

Hosta Guacomola

Hosta Guacomola

H. Guacomola can be hard to grow but can make a huge beautiful plant.

Hosta Sagae

Hosta Sagae

H. Sagae is a variegated upright growing hosta and make a big show in the garden bed!

Hostas are wonderful plants to grow but like all plants they require special conditions. Every hosta has different shade and sun requirements. Before planting your hosta research to determine it’s specific shade and sun requirements. Hostas require acidic and aerated soil conditions. Add mini pine bark, (never use oak mulch) a lot of coffee grinds to your soil. Water and fertilizer regularly with a liquid all purpose fertilizer along with fish emulsion. I used the Alaska brand fish emulsion.

Slug and snails can be a problem and will be more of a problem if you over water your hostas. Many hostas can not tolerate slugs or snail as they will eat the leaves. However, there are many hostas with leafs that the slugs and snails can not eat. Pick your hostas based on the leafs if you already have problems with slugs and snails.

If your hosta just die for no reason you might have voles. Voles will eat the roots and kill your hostas from below ground.

Very rarely but it can happen is hosta petiole rot which is caused by the fungus Sclerotium rolfsii var. delphinii. Once you have petiole rot with a hosta it is best to remove the plant and remove all soil with four feet around that plant. I have seen the fungus Sclerotium rolfsii var. delphinii consistently with oak mulch. However, there is not evidence that oak mulch causes this fungus.

Check out my Bluebird Houses, they make great gifts and you will enjoy watching the Bluebird nest! Building Bluebird Houses are fun and rewarding.

male bluebird eating mealworms

I have been really busy making birdhouses this year, so far nearly 80 houses total. Coming soon a new Bluebird house!

bluebird nesting box

 

 

 

 

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30 thoughts on “Hosta

  1. They are all quite fetching. I inherited some hostas when we moved here, and never really take much notice of them as they fill shady spots where nothing else will grow. They always get eaten by slugs and snails later in the year when it gets drier. Interesting to hear they prefer acidic soil… my soil is the extreme opposite!

    • thank you, slugs are attracted to beer. So if you have a shallow can, like a tuna can. Pour a little beer in the can only about 1/2 full. Make a small hole around your hosta and place the can into the hole so that they slug can crawl into the can. Once in the can they will die drinking the beer!! 🙂 All you need to do is fertilize them with fish emulsion, 2 gallons every 2-3 weeks and you will be surprised how well they will grow. 🙂

  2. Thank you for my morning “Hosta fix” Michael. What gorgeous plants. I’ve always loved Hostas, and your inspire me 😉 Would you post another photo of your H. “Regal Rumor” which shows it more clearly? Love the streaking on “Galaxy.” How was the beach? Best wishes, WG

    • Hi there!! thank you! 🙂 Hope your weekend went well!!Yes I will post another pic. Galaxy is a beautiful hosta but a slow grower. Send me an email about your weekend show and tell me about it!

      • Will do- just in from a day of it. Visited a local Hosta grower this AM and promised to send them a link to your beautiful post. Such plants- they had H. “Church Mouse.” First time I’ve seen it “in the flesh” and am impressed. Full on spring here- the forest is looking lush and shaggy. Hot, too. Look for an email with “the scoop” later this evening. Best wishes,
        WG

  3. I can imagine how beautiful the grounds around your house must be each spring and summer as it all simply comes alive with such beauty!! Can’t wait to see the new bird house!
    Hugs Michael—Julie

    • I know what you mean, I lost a huge oak tree a couple years ago and under this tree I had over 40 hosta growing. I moved all of them but a few and they all soon died. I just didn’t have any more shaded beds to move them.

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