Gilbert H. Wild & Son


Basic Guide to the Culture of Hostas


Most hostas do best in shade or partial shade. They will tolerate morning sun but not hot afternoon sun.

Any good garden soil is appropriate for growing hostas. Humus or peat moss and sand should be added to heavy clay soil. Compost must be incorporated into sandy soil to lessen its porousness and to increase water retention.

Hostas should be planted in well-drained soil. One method of achieving adequate drainage in problem areas is to prepare a raised bed 3 to 6 inches above ground level.

Hostas grow well at the base of most trees. Try to avoid nut trees as hostas and nut trees don’t mix well.


Hostas do well if planted in the spring before the soil temperature reaches 65 degrees. In the fall you need to plant 4 weeks prior to the ground freezing to alleviate heaving.


If you cannot plant immediately after receiving these plants, place them in a cool location, your refrigerator vegetable drawer is the best location for bareroot hosta. A shady spot in your garden or home is the best location for a potted hosta. Keep potted hosta watered until planting. BEFORE planting we suggest that you soak bareroot hosta in water for 4-6 hours.


We suggest that you work the soil 8-10 inches deep, into a good loose condition. Incorporate into the hole a mixture of good garden soil and compost. Make a mound in the center of the hole, and place the plant on top of the mound spreading the roots around the mound. The crown of the plant should be placed at ground level. Work the soil around the roots as you cover the plant. Be sure to pack the soil well. Water well. Hosta requires water every three to four days for the first two weeks and then at least an inch of rain a week.

Hostas should be planted between 18-24 inches apart on each side. Some varieties multiply very fast, and the clumps will become crowded if planted too close.

We do not divide our hostas until they have grown very large and the center begins to die out. We like large clumps and showy foliage. If you like smaller clumps divide more often.