I am no great fan of large leaved hostas probably due to lack of space in my garden where I prefer to grow other plants. However the dwarf varieties are easy to get on with.
An alternative name for Hostas is Funkia. That appeals to me and helps describe how the plants can create congenital abnormalities and abnormal formations. (Teratology).
Small Hosta Tips
- There are a host of varieties to start to growing and collecting may become an obsession. There are 49 named varieties of ‘mouse-ear’ varieties alone.
- Water well in spring even before the first leaves show. Roots need water particularly as the light increases.
- The better the roots the better the plants will display.
- In spring restart the plants with slug bait, slow release fertiliser and a mulch.
- A weak solution of Tomorite makes a good foliar feed.
- Epsom salts will provide needed magnesium when the leaves have hardened in early summer.
- Water lightly in autumn to fatten up the roots for winter.
- Allow plants to make good clumps. Leave for 3 years or so before dividing. I tend to be too impatient dividing to get more plants.
- Encourage flowers and collect seed to increase your stock.
- The more light a hosta gets the more water it needs.