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Growing Hosta

Growing Hosta

Blue Giant Hosta

Blue Giant Hosta item #12474

Very popular hardy perennials grown for their colored leaves. Some varieties also have attractive flowers favored by hummingbirds. Excellent specimen plants, groundcovers, edging plants, and for planting under trees and shrubs. Can also be grown in large pots or mixed containers. Hardy in zones 3 to 8. Plant bare root Hosta 4 to 8 weeks before the last spring frost with the crown 2 to 2 ½ inches below ground level. Potted Hosta should be planted after the last spring frost with the roots slightly deeper than in the pots.


For part to full shade in moist, well-drained soil. Prefers good organic matter content and benefits from mulching.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use low rates of Algoflash Flowering Plant 4-6-7 Liquid Fertilizer (51087), Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221), or Osmocote 14-14-14 (51173).

Alternative Products

Other foliage plants for shaded locations include Heuchera, Heucherella, and Hosta.

Complimentary Products

Plants are moderate feeders and benefit from regular fertilization. Combines well with Astilbe and Helleborus.

Product Recommendations

Control slug problems with Sluggo Plus (50192) or Diatomaceous Earth (50090). Use Deer Off 2 Deer & Squirrel Repellent (52056) or Deerbusters Hanging Sachets (52090) to prevent deer damage.

Hosta Facts

Easy-to-grow and usually not significantly bothered by pests or diseases. Slugs and deer will feed on plants. Hosta is one of the most popular perennials and there are thousands of varieties available.

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