Hostas, named after the noted Austrian botanist Nicholas Thomas Host, are perennially growing herbaceous plants, which are very popular as garden plants, especially cultivated for their excellent foliage. However, being herbaceous, these plants wither away during the winter months. At other times of the year, hostas provide us with a blend of pleasures and practicalities. … Continue reading Hostas

Anatomy Of Hostas.

Hostas are tough herbaceous plants that grow perennially and develop into clumps. These plants emerge from small, occasionally stoloniferous (bearing stolons or creeping roots) rhizomes having plump white-hued roots. More often than not, the leaves of hostas appear at the base of the stems, are stalked, big and uncomplicated, usually developing into a mound. Hostas … Continue reading Anatomy Of Hostas.

Breeding Hostas.

The aspect of breeding plants involves facilitating the pollen from a selected male parent to come in contact with the selected female parent’s receptive organ. Simultaneously, it is essential to ensure that no other agent is allowed to introduce other pollen's to the chosen female parent. The procedure of plant breeding is somewhat easy. However, … Continue reading Breeding Hostas.

Growing Hostas In Containers.

It is possible to grow hostas successfully in containers. When you grow hostas in pots or containers it provides you with an advantage - they become portable. However, while growing hostas in containers you need to ensure that the soil in the pots has proper drainage, as this will prevent the roots from rotting. In … Continue reading Growing Hostas In Containers.

Cultivation Of Hostas.

In order to grow superior quality hostas it is essential to do some research regarding their requirements and then provide the plants with the same. Generally speaking, the hostas require rich, fertile soils that are comparatively heavy. In addition, they prefer soils that are somewhat acidic and not neutral. They also grow well in places … Continue reading Cultivation Of Hostas.

Propagation Of Hostas.

There are only two means by which hostas can be propagated: seed or division, which includes tissue culture (micro-propagation). Of the two, division is generally the most useful. Division The simplest method to divide hostas is to remove a wedge-shaped piece from the clump, rather like a slice of cake, using a spade. The slice … Continue reading Propagation Of Hostas.

Hostas In The Garden.

The huge popularity of hostas in contemporary gardens coupled with the hype generated around them has made it quite difficult to envisage gardening without these plants. The contribution of hostas to any garden is definitely outstanding. In fact, no other enduring plant possesses such luxurious and splendidly colored foliage. Neither is any other plant so … Continue reading Hostas In The Garden.

Companion Shade Plants For Hostas.

There are plenty of elegant shade garden plants that go extremely well with hostas enhancing the beauty of your garden. Anemone nemorosa is a pleasantly self-effacing little wood anemone that blooms early in the spring, much before other plants, including the hostas, wake from their hibernation. Wood anemones produce simple, solitary blooms having diverse colors … Continue reading Companion Shade Plants For Hostas.

Pest And Diseases Of Hostas.

Although hostas are usually not affected by diseases that inflict other plants, snails and slugs can cause considerable damage to these plants. However, as the conditions in different gardens vary greatly as the population of the hostas, it has often been found that some plants are almost never affected by these pests. While there are several … Continue reading Pest And Diseases Of Hostas.

Hosta Cultivars.

As far as breeding hostas is concerned, there have been a number of fascinating developments in recent times that have produced plants having exciting colors, usually seen during the spring. In fact, these vibrant colors are evident in all seasons and are found in hostas having foliage combinations of white yellow, green and blue. In … Continue reading Hosta Cultivars.