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What is the best fertilizer for Hostas

Posted by hosta-fan 8 (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 11, 09 at 2:05

I have just become a Hosta addict and I want to do the best I can to help my Hosta's grow fast and healthy. Can anyone tell me what I need to do? What are the best fertilizers (organic) for these plants. I am using horse manure at this point of time.

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RE: What is the best fertilizer for Hostas


Seriously, all else is secondary to a good dose of h2o. Past that, anything organic is my choice. Manure (all kinds), compost, mulch.

Except for the foofoo hostas, it's gonna grow if you give it some dirt and a LOT of water.

Did I mention that hostas like water?

Sun too, btw. If you want fast growth, stick them in the sun. They will look icky (especially if they don't get enough water), but after a couple of years you can move them to more shade & they will be huge & beautiful.

And be sure to water them too. :)

RE: What is the best fertilizer for Hostas

what kind of trees you gardening under ...

if they are any of the dreaded trees .... like maple.. you are better off NOT fertilizing.. or the tree will grow the roots.. into the plant.. to steal the fert ...

a broadcast compost would probably be best... as you would put it all over the bed.. and the trees will not be directly attracted to your babes ...

welcome to the addiction .... and to GW ....


RE: What is the best fertilizer for Hostas

Thank you for the answer, I will water them constantly from now on. My hostas are next to a fence and a tree (I don't know what type - white flowers in April). I did dig up the beds, got rid of most of the tree roots, loosen up the soil and added the manure. My hostas are now growing quite well and are flowering too.

RE: What is the best fertilizer for Hostas

Milorganite is great for them, and the smell deters deer.

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