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Many gardeners desire to plant hostas in their yard due to the fact that these plants thrive well in areas which don’t have much exposure to direct sunlight. Hostas are one of the easiest to cultivate perennials and the fact that there are tons of varieties around means that you will have no issues selecting the best one for your yard. Popular varieties include blue angel hostas, strip tease hostas and patriot hostas.
Hostas are easy to propagate and as soon as young plants begin germinating and springing up, you can split and divide them to get more plants. It is however essential that you make sure that the weather is moist enough where you live to ensure the newly cultivated plants will thrive.
You can eliminate any infections and diseases when splitting hosta plants by using sterilizers such as bleach solutions to clean tools during the process. This is especially necessary when splitting different varieties.
Hostas are resistant to many pests and insects and only seem to attract insects and snails when there is continuous rainfall. Snails and slugs also attack the flowers and reduce their attractiveness during long rainfall periods so you need to put in effective measures to repel these pests.
Hostas don’t thrive when exposed to too much light and this is why you should plant them in shady areas. You should try to water your hostas regularly in the morning so that they can dry off later in the day and avoid snail attractions.
Hostas are available throughout the whole year and bloom constantly, making it one of the most widely available flowers during all seasons. You can also combine these flowers with other perennials and annuals to enhance the beauty of your home.
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