HostasDirect has prepared a slideshow of our best and most important information about Hostas. Please click through to learn Everything You Need To Know about Hostas! Continue reading “Hosta Informational Slideshow”
Step-by-Step guide to overwintering hostas and other perennial plants.
University studies show that hostas need at least 30 days of temperatures about 42 degrees or lower AND the longer the cold dormancy the better. (See this study from Auburn University). If they don’t get a cold treatment, they will lose vigor year after year and eventually die out. Continue reading “Overwintering Hosta and other Perennials”
A list of Hosta Societies throughout the USA. Organized by state.
An explanation of Hosta genetics and differences between diploids and polyploids (triploids and tetraploids).
The rarer, polyploid (non-diploid) hostas often have exceptional plant characteristics gardeners often prefer. Most hostas are diploids. Continue reading “Hosta Ploidy and Genetics”
There are many different terms for what we call ‘Corrugated’ Hostas. The scientific term for corrugation is Rugose, which comes from the Latin word for wrinkles. You may hear these hostas referred to as seersuckered, puckered, wrinkled, crinkled, quilted, or dimpled. Continue reading “Corrugated Hostas”
If you are a shade gardener and have tried either Hosta or Heuchera (Coral Bells or Alumroot), why not experiment with both? The two make wonderful companion plants. Both Hostas and heuchera are low maintenance and non-invasive. They also both have a mounding form, and to the gardener’s benefit, can be divided into more plants. Continue reading “Heucheras and Hostas”
White hostas are seemingly magical plants. However, be wary if you ever come across one – no matter how experienced a gardener you are. Remember back in 8th grade when you learned about chlorophyll (that stuff plants use to convert sunlight into energy)? Well, plants can only use green pigmentation to create chlorophyll. This means that all white hostas, as beautiful as they are, must either develop green tissue, or they won’t survive. Continue reading “White Hostas”
Plant diseases or foliar nematodes are expensive, time consuming, and frustrating. Diseases and nematodes can spread fast and at times are impossible to cure once they are in your soil or plants. Be careful about the materials you put in your garden and practice good plant disease prevention. Continue reading “Hosta Diseases, Hosta Virus X, and Foliar Nematodes”
Hostas are the number-one selling perennial in North America! Here are a few reasons why! Continue reading “Hosta Benefits – Reasons to Grow Hostas”
Since the start of our business in 2001, HostasDirect has never had Hosta Virus X or any customer complaints about foliar nematodes or other diseases. However, due to the very nature of living things, literally trillions of molecules in plants and nurseries, it is virtually impossible for any plant business, including ours, to absolutely guarantee their plants do not have any diseases or assume any liability for damage. Continue reading “What do we mean by disease-free hostas?”