The Q&A Archives: Hostas

Question: Last spring I planted three hosta plants in a raised flower bed, in a corner, under some trees. They were watered and fertilized regularly, but they didn't grow any bigger than about 6-8" high and about the same in diameter. They also did not flower. Do you have any suggestions?

Answer: Hostas take some time to grow and mature, and reach their full potential. They'll flower when the plants are about three years old. It sometimes takes plants a full year to become established in their new homes before they'll really begin to grow. Plant hostas in highly organic soil, and mulch with peat moss to increase acidity in the root area. Eventually your hostas will grow into 10" to 18" inch mounds. Now that they're established in the raised beds, they should really take off and grow this year!

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