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Variegated Hosta Instructions

Plant your shade loving, trouble-free Hosta for glorious color and foliage all summer long!

The Hosta or Plaintain Lily is a member of the Lily family and is a native of China and Japan. These husky plants with handsome green and white leaves will produce immediate results this very summer. This grand herbaceous perennial producing lavender flowers in July and August is effective both in foliage and flower with their aristocratic ageless stability.

When to Plant

  • Plant in the fall for spring foliage.
  • Plant in the spring to establish for even more prolific foliage and blooming the following year.

Where to Plant

  • Hosta can be grown in just about any soil and location. They are at their best in moist, light shade locations, but will also do well in full sun.

How to Plant

Remove poly wrapping before planting

  • Hosta are most effective when planted in groups of three in a triangle about 18 inches apart.
  • If the ground is exceptionally claylike, work in peat moss or sand when planting.
  • Loosen the soil to a depth of 12-15 feet and about 18-20 inches across. Hollow out a sufficiently large hole for each clump. Plant with the eye up and about 2 inches below the surface.
  • After planting, tamp the soil firmly around the root and water deeply.
  • Hosta also make excellent potted patio plants. Use a pot at least 12 inches in diameter. They can be brought indoors in early spring where the leaves quickly develop.


  • Water when the ground is dry and fertilize once or twice a year.


  • The flowers and foliage are excellent for cutting. The leaves blend with other flowers or give a highly sculptured look by themselves.

Plant Care

  • Hosta lasts for years. With very little care you and your grandchildren will enjoy their recurring beauty.