Overwintering Hosta and other Perennials

Step-by-Step guide to overwintering hostas and other perennial plants.

University studies show that hostas need at least 30 days of temperatures about 42 degrees or lower AND the longer the cold dormancy the better.  (See this study from Auburn University). If they don’t get a cold treatment, they will lose vigor year after year and eventually die out. Continue reading “Overwintering Hosta and other Perennials”

White Hostas

White hostas are seemingly magical plants. However, be wary if you ever come across one – no matter how experienced a gardener you are. Remember back in 8th grade when you learned about chlorophyll (that stuff plants use to convert sunlight into energy)? Well, plants can only use green pigmentation to create chlorophyll. This means that all white hostas, as beautiful as they are, must either develop green tissue, or they won’t survive. Continue reading “White Hostas”

What do we mean by disease-free hostas?

Since the start of our business in 2001, HostasDirect has never had Hosta Virus X or any customer complaints about foliar nematodes or other diseases. However, due to the very nature of living things, literally trillions of molecules in plants and nurseries, it is virtually impossible for any plant business, including ours, to absolutely guarantee their plants do not have any diseases or assume any liability for damage. Continue reading “What do we mean by disease-free hostas?”

Hosta Diseases, Hosta Virus X, and Foliar Nematodes

Plant diseases or foliar nematodes are expensive, time consuming, and frustrating. Diseases and nematodes can spread fast and at times are impossible to cure once they are in your soil or plants.  Be careful about the materials you put in your garden and practice good plant disease prevention. Continue reading “Hosta Diseases, Hosta Virus X, and Foliar Nematodes”