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Hosta FAQ

What is a hosta?
Hostas are easy to grow, shade tolerant, herbaceous perennial. Hostas are grown mainly for its beautiful foliage. Hosta's leaves come in a wide range of shapes, colors, sizes, and textures. One common name for Hosta still used in some garden centers is Plantain Lily. Hostas are sometimes still referred to as Funkia.

Where did hosta originate?
Hostas are native to Japan, China and Korea. They were first grown in Europe in the late 1700's. By the mid 1800's hosta were growing in the United States.

How do I obtain hosta?
Most nursery and garden centers are now selling hosta. As you learn more about this wonderful plant you will seek out growers who specialize in this genus in an effort to find the perfect hosta for your garden. Today hundreds of species and thousands of cultivars are available to the home gardener.

How much do hostas cost?
You can find a hosta for as little as a few dollars to as much as several hundred. Many of the older cultivars are available in the $5.00 to $10.00 range.

How do I plant my hosta?
Plant your hosta in soil that is loose and well drained in a shady spot that is protected from hot afternoon sun. Amend the soil with organic matter or compost. Add a slow release fertilizer to the soil. Place the hosta in the hole so that the clump is level with the ground. Water thoroughly.Space the plants 2 to 4 feet apart, allowing room for growth, hostas do best when left undisturbed for several years.

How do I care for my hosta?
After they are planted your hostas will require very little care. Because hostas are usually grown under trees that compete for moisture make sure that your plants get enough water during the growing season. A layer of mulch will help keep the roots an even temperature and prevent competition from weeds. An annual feeding of slow release fertilizer will keep your hostas happy.

What pests and diseases effect hosta?
Snails and slugs are the most common pests of hostas. Slug and Snail Bait applied to the area around your hostas will help deter these pests. Voles and deer can also be a problem if wildlife is active in your area.

ahslogo.gifWhere can I learn more about hosta?
The best source of current information and research on hosta is found The Hosta Journal that is published three times a year by The American Hosta Society. You will receive The Hosta Journal and the Hosta Yearbook with your membership. Individual (USA) memberships are $25.00 for one year. For more information contact:

Sandie Markland
American Hosta Society Membership Secretary
Post Office Box 7539 
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948 
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Visit the American Hosta Society on the web.