In the cultivation of hosta, watering operations are of fundamental importance. In fact, the health of the plant depends more on them. Watering must take place quite regularly, especially during the hottest periods of the year. In summer, therefore, watering must not be missing. The utmost attention is required towards water stagnation. These, in fact, are feared by the hosta as they can lead to root rot, compromising their health even irreversibly. During the winter and autumn seasons, irrigations must necessarily undergo a drastic reduction. In fact, in this specific period of the year, it is sufficient that the soil is simply well moist, without exaggerating too much.
How to cultivate and hosta
The cultivation of hosta is really very simple and, for this reason, it is also suitable for beginners. This is possible thanks to the great resistance shown by the plant to both diseases and temperature changes. The hosta can be grown both in open soil and in pots. The soil must be absolutely rich in organic substances, with a ph characterized by sub-acidity or, at most, slightly alkaline. It is quite important that the land where the hosta is planted is well drained, fresh and quite humid. It is necessary to till the soil very well before planting, integrating the nutrients with good organic fertilizers. It is not necessary to prune the hosta. Simply remove the leaves and the withered parts to avoid disease proliferation.
Cultivating hosta: how and when to fertilize
Although the hosta is a plant that does not need particular types of care, fertilizing operations are indispensable as for all other plants. If the plants are subjected to repotting (even if these solutions are not applied frequently) they must be subjected to good fertilization, precisely because the repoting involves the growth of the plant in a different ground from the one in which it is grown. The perfect period for hosta fertilization is between the spring and summer seasons. Suitable fertilizers are liquid types to be mixed with water used for irrigation. Fertilization frequency, on the other hand, can be once a month. During the autumn and winter periods, instead, the fertilizations are directly suspended to resume in the following spring.
Hosta: Exposure and diseases
It has been reiterated several times that the hosta is a very resistant plant and adaptable to the most disparate conditions. Despite this, it is important to know that hosta normally prefers shady places. Some types do not even fear the direct rays of the sun. Generally it is the dark varieties that prefer the shade, while the light ones love the sun the most. It is therefore necessary to adjust according to the variety of hostas you have to ensure ideal exposure. Rarely does the hosta fall victim to diseases that normally affect other plants. The enemies most feared by the hosta, on the other hand, are the snails and snails, which are very greedy of its leaves. The remedy consists of special poisoned baits that need to be spread around the plant.