Best NPK for a hostas

deshima(Heat Zone 7 Richmond VA)August 22, 2005

What do you think the best NPK for a hosta is for the growing season. I only use organic fertilizers how ever they can equal oil based or petroleum fertilizers. I was thinking 8-4-8 would be good or 8-8-8 as all would be balanced.

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username_5(banned for no reason)

Are these in the ground or in pots? If in the ground and your ground is of at least moderate fertility I would give them a light to moderate amount of 10-10-10 or whatever once a year or never. I don't intend to fertilize my in ground hostas, but they grow close to annual flowers that I do fertilze so they probably get some on occasion.

Since you wish to be organic only why not just amend the area once per year with an inch or so of compost on the top of the soil.

If you were asking about hostas in pots then I don't know. haven't tried that yet.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2005 at 4:03PM
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shade_tolerant

I usually hang out on the hosta forum. A lot of us over there swear by alfalfa pellets for accelerating the growth on our hostas.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2005 at 8:08PM
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ninamarie(4Ont.)

Hi Shade tolerant. How and when do you apply alfalfa pellets?

    Bookmark   December 21, 2005 at 1:30PM
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deshima(Heat Zone 7 Richmond VA)

Alfalfa contains a growth hormone like cholesterol, the cell walls must be broken by way of chemical or biological mean. So early spring is a good time, as it has to be above 50 degrees for decomposition to take place. PS it stinks if not worked in to the ground.Join us at the Hosta form.

    Bookmark   December 21, 2005 at 7:56PM
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