Late Winter/Early Spring Hosta Care
Hostas enjoy a nice break in the wintertime by going into dormancy. Their requirement is to have at least 40 days of approximately 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The more constant the "chilling" the better hostas do the following season.
Here in the South of Georgia we manytimes have a series of warm days in February causing hosta plants to put up new tender growth followed by what we call "late freezes" in March.
Here at Pine Forest Gardens this means dragging out our protection! In this case protection is frost cloth or frost blanket. We cover all plants using hundreds of feet of this protection. Frost cloth is breathable yet holds temperature several degrees below ambient temperature.
Many people ask "can't I just use plastic to cover my plants?". The answer is use anything but plastic as it will actually burn tender foliage where it touches the plant.
Anything means any blankets, sheets, or cover with dried leaves or straw.
By adding a little protection for your tender hostas and other plants you won't be sorry you did!