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Good Combinations with Hosta Plants

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Hostas are among the most popular plants for shade, but they don't have to do all the heavy lifting themselves. Here are some examples of good companions for the hostas in your garden.

Dividing & Transplanting:

Whether you're starting a bed from scratch or dividing old stock, here's what you need to know to encourage lush-growing hostas.

use a shovel to remove a large clump

1. As new growth emerges in the spring, use a shovel to remove a large clump.

Shake off excess soil and rinse the roots

2. Shake off excess soil and rinse the roots in a large tub or water-tight wheelbarrow.

Use a sharp knife or saw to cut small clusters of plants free

3. Use a sharp knife or saw to cut small clusters of plants free from the large clump.

Replant clusters separately

4. Replant clusters separately, leaving space so the plants have room to mature. Backfill with soil amended with compost.

Work a handful of balanced, slow-release fertilizer into the soil

5. Work a handful of balanced, slow-release fertilizer into the soil, then tamp firm.

mulch hosta with compost and water deeply

Work a handful of balanced, slow-release fertilizer into the soil