Hostas

Hostas are useful in the shade and may be used as a ground cover. Both the foliage and flowers are ornamental as some varieties have variegated foliage.   Flowering is reduced in deep shade although the plants grow well.

Hostas also grows in sun but are at their best in partial shade. They tolerate dryness but dislike constant sun, strong wind and poor drainage. The best soil is moist and humus filled. Variegated varieties need shade. When planting, set the crown just below the soil surface.

Division may be done in early spring or fall. If seed is produced it grows readily if planted immediately after it ripens. Seed germinates in 15 to 20 days at 70 degrees. Plants started from seed bloom the second year.

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