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Hosta spp. Plant Care Reminders

Plantain lily

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Plant Care Instructions By Steve Brigham

In the inland regions of Southern California, hostas can be a rewarding and colorful foliage plant for shady areas. What they need to look their best is rich soil, plenty of water and fertilizer during the growing season, and (most importantly) protection from snails and slugs.

Is Indoor Plant?

No

These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones :18, 19, 20, 21
USDA Zones :
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    March
    1. Buy

    Buy container-grown plants from nurseries, or order by mail from specialty growers.
    2. Plant

    Plant in shade in rich soil, using plenty of soil amendment.
    3. Water

    Keep moist throughout the growing season. Overhead sprinkling helps to keep humidity levels up.
    4. Mulch

    Maintain a generous layer of mulch around plants to keep soil moist and increse humidity.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Inspect for snails and slugs regularly!
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Keep all snails and slugs away from plants. Use Sluggo to eliminate these pests when necessary.
    7. Transplant

    Divide and transplant older clumps just before new growth begins in the spring.
    8. Propagate

    Propagate by dividing plants just before new growth begins in the spring.
    April
    1. Buy

    Buy container-grown plants from nurseries, or order by mail from specialty growers.
    2. Plant

    Plant in shade in rich soil, using plenty of soil amendment.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed lightly with an acid-type fertilizer once a month during the growing season.
    4. Water

    Keep moist throughout the growing season. Overhead sprinkling helps to keep humidity levels up.
    5. Mulch

    Maintain a generous layer of mulch around plants to keep soil moist and increse humidity.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Inspect for snails and slugs regularly!
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Keep all snails and slugs away from plants. Use Sluggo to eliminate these pests when necessary.
    8. Transplant

    Divide and transplant older clumps just before new growth begins in the spring.
    9. Propagate

    Propagate by dividing plants just before new growth begins in the spring.
    May
    1. Buy

    Buy container-grown plants from nurseries, or order by mail from specialty growers.
    2. Plant

    Plant in shade in rich soil, using plenty of soil amendment.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed lightly with an acid-type fertilizer once a month during the growing season.
    4. Water

    Keep moist throughout the growing season. Overhead sprinkling helps to keep humidity levels up.
    5. Mulch

    Maintain a generous layer of mulch around plants to keep soil moist and increse humidity.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Inspect for snails and slugs regularly!
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Keep all snails and slugs away from plants. Use Sluggo to eliminate these pests when necessary.
    8. Transplant

    Divide and transplant older clumps just before new growth begins in the spring.
    9. Propagate

    Propagate by dividing plants just before new growth begins in the spring.
    June
    1. Buy

    Buy container-grown plants from nurseries, or order by mail from specialty growers.
    2. Plant

    Plant in shade in rich soil, using plenty of soil amendment.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed lightly with an acid-type fertilizer once a month during the growing season.
    4. Water

    Keep moist throughout the growing season. Overhead sprinkling helps to keep humidity levels up.
    5. Mulch

    Maintain a generous layer of mulch around plants to keep soil moist and increse humidity.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Inspect for snails and slugs regularly!
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Keep all snails and slugs away from plants. Use Sluggo to eliminate these pests when necessary.
    July
    1. Buy

    Buy container-grown plants from nurseries, or order by mail from specialty growers.
    2. Plant

    Plant in shade in rich soil, using plenty of soil amendment.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed lightly with an acid-type fertilizer once a month during the growing season.
    4. Water

    Keep moist throughout the growing season. Overhead sprinkling helps to keep humidity levels up.
    5. Mulch

    Maintain a generous layer of mulch around plants to keep soil moist and increse humidity.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Inspect for snails and slugs regularly!
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Keep all snails and slugs away from plants. Use Sluggo to eliminate these pests when necessary.
    August
    1. Buy

    Buy container-grown plants from nurseries, or order by mail from specialty growers.
    2. Plant

    Plant in shade in rich soil, using plenty of soil amendment.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed lightly with an acid-type fertilizer once a month during the growing season.
    4. Water

    Keep moist throughout the growing season. Overhead sprinkling helps to keep humidity levels up.
    5. Mulch

    Maintain a generous layer of mulch around plants to keep soil moist and increse humidity.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Inspect for snails and slugs regularly!
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Keep all snails and slugs away from plants. Use Sluggo to eliminate these pests when necessary.
    September
    1. Buy

    Buy container-grown plants from nurseries, or order by mail from specialty growers.
    2. Plant

    Plant in shade in rich soil, using plenty of soil amendment.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed lightly with an acid-type fertilizer once a month during the growing season.
    4. Water

    Keep moist throughout the growing season. Overhead sprinkling helps to keep humidity levels up.
    5. Mulch

    Maintain a generous layer of mulch around plants to keep soil moist and increse humidity.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Inspect for snails and slugs regularly!
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Keep all snails and slugs away from plants. Use Sluggo to eliminate these pests when necessary.
    October
    1. Water

    Keep moist throughout the growing season. Overhead sprinkling helps to keep humidity levels up.
    2. Mulch

    Maintain a generous layer of mulch around plants to keep soil moist and increse humidity.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Inspect for snails and slugs regularly!
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Keep all snails and slugs away from plants. Use Sluggo to eliminate these pests when necessary.
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    March

    Buy container-grown plants from nurseries, or order by mail from specialty growers.

    April

    Buy container-grown plants from nurseries, or order by mail from specialty growers.

    May

    Buy container-grown plants from nurseries, or order by mail from specialty growers.

    June

    Buy container-grown plants from nurseries, or order by mail from specialty growers.

    July

    Buy container-grown plants from nurseries, or order by mail from specialty growers.

    August

    Buy container-grown plants from nurseries, or order by mail from specialty growers.

    September

    Buy container-grown plants from nurseries, or order by mail from specialty growers.

    Plant

    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

    March

    Plant in shade in rich soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

    April

    Plant in shade in rich soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

    May

    Plant in shade in rich soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

    June

    Plant in shade in rich soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

    July

    Plant in shade in rich soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

    August

    Plant in shade in rich soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

    September

    Plant in shade in rich soil, using plenty of soil amendment.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    April

    Feed lightly with an acid-type fertilizer once a month during the growing season.

    May

    Feed lightly with an acid-type fertilizer once a month during the growing season.

    June

    Feed lightly with an acid-type fertilizer once a month during the growing season.

    July

    Feed lightly with an acid-type fertilizer once a month during the growing season.

    August

    Feed lightly with an acid-type fertilizer once a month during the growing season.

    September

    Feed lightly with an acid-type fertilizer once a month during the growing season.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    March

    Keep moist throughout the growing season. Overhead sprinkling helps to keep humidity levels up.

    April

    Keep moist throughout the growing season. Overhead sprinkling helps to keep humidity levels up.

    May

    Keep moist throughout the growing season. Overhead sprinkling helps to keep humidity levels up.

    June

    Keep moist throughout the growing season. Overhead sprinkling helps to keep humidity levels up.

    July

    Keep moist throughout the growing season. Overhead sprinkling helps to keep humidity levels up.

    August

    Keep moist throughout the growing season. Overhead sprinkling helps to keep humidity levels up.

    September

    Keep moist throughout the growing season. Overhead sprinkling helps to keep humidity levels up.

    October

    Keep moist throughout the growing season. Overhead sprinkling helps to keep humidity levels up.

    Mulch

    Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

    March

    Maintain a generous layer of mulch around plants to keep soil moist and increse humidity.

    April

    Maintain a generous layer of mulch around plants to keep soil moist and increse humidity.

    May

    Maintain a generous layer of mulch around plants to keep soil moist and increse humidity.

    June

    Maintain a generous layer of mulch around plants to keep soil moist and increse humidity.

    July

    Maintain a generous layer of mulch around plants to keep soil moist and increse humidity.

    August

    Maintain a generous layer of mulch around plants to keep soil moist and increse humidity.

    September

    Maintain a generous layer of mulch around plants to keep soil moist and increse humidity.

    October

    Maintain a generous layer of mulch around plants to keep soil moist and increse humidity.

    Pest/Disease Inspection

    What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

    March

    Inspect for snails and slugs regularly!

    April

    Inspect for snails and slugs regularly!

    May

    Inspect for snails and slugs regularly!

    June

    Inspect for snails and slugs regularly!

    July

    Inspect for snails and slugs regularly!

    August

    Inspect for snails and slugs regularly!

    September

    Inspect for snails and slugs regularly!

    October

    Inspect for snails and slugs regularly!

    Treat for Pest/Disease

    How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

    March

    Keep all snails and slugs away from plants. Use Sluggo to eliminate these pests when necessary.

    April

    Keep all snails and slugs away from plants. Use Sluggo to eliminate these pests when necessary.

    May

    Keep all snails and slugs away from plants. Use Sluggo to eliminate these pests when necessary.

    June

    Keep all snails and slugs away from plants. Use Sluggo to eliminate these pests when necessary.

    July

    Keep all snails and slugs away from plants. Use Sluggo to eliminate these pests when necessary.

    August

    Keep all snails and slugs away from plants. Use Sluggo to eliminate these pests when necessary.

    September

    Keep all snails and slugs away from plants. Use Sluggo to eliminate these pests when necessary.

    October

    Keep all snails and slugs away from plants. Use Sluggo to eliminate these pests when necessary.

    Transplant

    When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

    March

    Divide and transplant older clumps just before new growth begins in the spring.

    April

    Divide and transplant older clumps just before new growth begins in the spring.

    May

    Divide and transplant older clumps just before new growth begins in the spring.

    Propagate

    When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

    March

    Propagate by dividing plants just before new growth begins in the spring.

    April

    Propagate by dividing plants just before new growth begins in the spring.

    May

    Propagate by dividing plants just before new growth begins in the spring.

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