Bob Solberg talk at Midwest Convention
So, Bob Solberg gave a talk this weekend and it was kinda funny. This was the first I'd ever heard him speak. He was quite fun!
Growing hostas... the bigger the better.
He talked about key components of gardening hostas. Water, light and nutrients.
He basically said that you cannot overwater hosta. Interesting. We've had members of GW who've grown hostas alongside a water feature, so it didn't surprise me that he said this.
Light. Well, remember my recent post about having moved hosta into the sun here in my z4 garden and how they're flourishing. He explained something here. He said that in his NC garden, at his longitude, hostas grow quite short. But "you guys up here [referring to Minnesota] can grow 'em tall"
Nutrients. No surprise here, he recommends lots of nitrogen. Early in the season, he recommends at least one application of a fertilizer with 18-24 in the Nitrogen number. He also recommended a foliar feed as the 2nd set of leaves are emerging. This will grow nice big leaves.
He said Osmocote is rendered ineffective when temps rise.
With the high nitrogen fertilizer, he said to also look for a significant amount of Magnesium too.. (higher up on the list of active ingredients. I think he said this aids in development of color.
So, there ya have it!