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sunset zone 12

  • Region: Southwest
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  • Hosta spp. Plant Care Reminders

    Plantain lily

    General Information

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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.
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      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!

      January

      February

      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.

      October

      November

      December

      Plant

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

      January

      February

      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.

      October

      November

      December

      Sow Seeds

      When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

      January

      February

      March

      April

      May

      June

      July

      August

      September

      October

      November

      December

      Fertilize

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

      January

      February

      March

      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.

      October

      November

      December

      Water

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

      January

      February

      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.

      November

      December

      Prune

      When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

      January

      February

      March

      April

      May

      June

      July

      August

      September

      October

      November

      December

      Mulch

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

      January

      February

      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.

      November

      December

      Protect

      When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

      January

      February

      March

      April

      May

      June

      July

      August

      September

      October

      November

      December

      Pest/Disease Inspection

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

      January

      February

      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!

      November

      December

      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?

      January

      February

      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.

      November

      December

      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?

      January

      February

      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.

      June

      July

      August

      September

      October

      November

      December

      Propagate

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

      January

      February

      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.

      June

      July

      August

      September

      October

      November

      December

      Harvest

      When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

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      February

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      July

      August

      September

      October

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      Special requirements

      Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

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