Yesterday I was in the mountains, and the snow-covered nature is impressive with its beauty. This trip inspired me to find out how to increase the size of my hostas. After extensive research, a lot of information was collected, here I tell you all that I know. Also, there will be a few tricks that you might not have guessed.
In order for hostas to grow bigger, they need to be planted in soil that retains moisture well and is nutritious. Hostas also need to be watered and fertilized in various ways.
Choose large or giant varieties
The first thing you can do to make your sprouts big is to choose large varieties. Medium and dwarf varieties will never be large, even if they grow in a few years. They will still be low and barely visible from a great distance.
Large varieties of hosta with proper cultivation can reach remarkable sizes. It is crucial not to transplant them to a new location and not to divide them for several years.
Another important feature is that the variety must be vigorous. Some hostas grow large, but the growth rate is slow. Choose large vigorous varieties to achieve the desired result faster.
Plant Hosta in the shade or scattered sun
The second thing you can do to increase hosta growth is to put it in the right place. The best place is the scattered sun. Under these conditions, the optimal balance will be achieved. The hosta will get enough sun for proper growth but will not get a sunburn.
If you put the hosta in full shade, it will feel comfortable, but the energy of the sun will not be enough to build up the leaf mass well. The shade is good for blue varieties. But to increase the size of the bush, it is better to choose a place where there is a little more sun.
In full sun, the hosta will not reach its maximum size. In such circumstances, the plant will continuously receive sunburn, and this will suppress it. Also, in a sunny place, the soil will dry quickly, and as a result, the plant will not receive enough moisture, which is a critical factor that we will talk about later.
Give hosta enough space
The next step is to give your hosta plenty of space to grow. To quickly reach the big size of the hosta, it must grow in one place without a transplant.
If you put hosta too close to other plants, they will compete with each other. This will inhibit the growth of weaker plants. This way, you will never reach a bigger size, but here is one trick about it a little below. Also, compact planting promotes the spread of fungal diseases that slow down plant growth.
So give hosta space equal to its mature size. To stimulate hosta to grow bigger, experienced gardeners use one trick.
The trick is that another small plant (another hosta) put near the hosta what you want to make bigger. The plants begin to compete with each other and, as a result, grow intensively and bigger.
Next year, you need to dip up another plant and transplant it a little further from the hosta you want to make bigger. You can do this until you achieve what you want.
Plant Hosta in moist soil
One of the most important conditions for achieving a large hosta size is good soil. First of all, it must retain water well. In humid soil, the hosta will have enough moisture to grow as large as possible.
If the soil does not hold water, this can be a problem, as irrigation alone will not produce perfect results. I’m not telling you to put hosta in a swamp, but clay soil that holds enough moisture will be the right solution.
If groundwater is not too deep in your yard, it will be beneficial. This will support your hostas in the dry months.
Fertility is another essential characteristic. For your hostas to grow bigger than usual, the soil needs to be fertile. Of course, fertilizers can compensate for the lack of nutrition, but it is better if the ground will also contain all the necessary substances.
Use different methods of feeding
This step can significantly increase the size of the hosta. Let’s discuss it in more detail.
You can fertilize hostas with the usual fertilizer once or twice a year, and everything will be ok. However, for a more significant effect, it is better to use slow-release fertilizers, as they better nourish the plant. The main advantage is that they supply nutrients to the plant regularly throughout the season.
An alternative to fertilizers of prolonged action may be drip irrigation with a liquid fertilizer solution. This method is more complicated and more expensive, but you can achieve the same effect as in hydroponics. The hosta will grow faster and be larger than usual.
Whichever method you choose from the previous two, leaf-feeding is great extra nutrition. There are many effective liquid fertilizers that you can spray on hosta leaves, and they give a tremendous result.
I also practiced leaf feeding, and my hostas became bigger and more durable. This way, I feed not only hostas but also other plants.
These feeding methods have the flip side of the coin, and you can overdo it with the amount of fertilizer. As a result, the plants will grow intensively, but the leaves will be soft, and the stems brittle, the plant will be more vulnerable to disease.
So apply fertilizers moderately but regularly, and the big size of hostas is guaranteed.
Water Hosta regularly
Regular watering is also one of the most critical factors for increasing hosta size. It is important that the soil around the plants always remains moist but not wet. There is no need to flood the plants.
The best way to do this is to create an automatic watering in the garden that will turn on according to the weather. It will be useful if you set drip irrigation with the fertilizer solution. It will be useful if you install drip irrigation supplemented with a fertilizer solution.
If you cannot arrange automatic irrigation, you can water hostas manually. This will usually take time, but to get a good result, you need to spend some time. Pay special attention in the summer in dry weather; at this time, the hostas need more water.
Cut flower stalks
In the end, I want to share another trick that I apply myself and practiced by many experienced plant collectors. For the hosta to grow larger, you need to cut the flower stalks during flowering. Do not let the plant form seeds.
The process of flowering and seed formation quite depleting for the plant. Pruning flower stalks will give energy for proper growth.
After you trim the peduncle, the hosta can try to bloom again, and it can be repeated 2-3 times a season. It is important that you regularly remove the peduncle as it begins to grow.
That’s all. These methods will make your hosta bigger than usual in a short amount of time. Of course, all of these recommendations are difficult to implement, but even if you apply at least part of them, the result will be noticeable.