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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

Young leaves and leaf stems - cooked.

Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Hosta species.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Hosta species.

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a lightly shaded position in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 3 months at 10°c. Make sure you keep the compost moist. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. These are cultivars and so will not breed true from seed. Division is possible at almost any time of the year so long as there is sufficient moisture[1]. It is best carried out in March as growth commences or in early autumn if the soil is not too dry[2]. Hostas can be left undivided for many years and should not be divided any more frequently than once every 3 - 5 years to allow the leaves to reach maturity[2].

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Cultivation

Many other species of Hosta that are not listed in the database probably have edible leaf stems. The following notes are general for the genus.

Thrives in most fertile soils if they are rich in humus[2]. Grows well in heavy clay soils and in sandy ones[3]. Very limy soils inhibit growth, but plants can thrive in such a situation if plenty of humus is added[3]. Prefers a pH between 6 and 7[2]. Requires a rich soil that does not dry out readily[4]. Succeeds in full sun as well as in deep shade, growing well in the semi-shade of a woodland[2][1]. In general, the sunnier the position the moister the soil should be[1]. Plants are best not grown under trees in town gardens since the soot washed from the leaves of the trees in wet weather will tend to remain on the hosta[3]. Plants flower better when grown in a sunny position but the foliage is better when the plant is in a shady position[2]. The leaves turn yellowish when the plant is grown in full sun[5]. Plants are in general fully hardy in Britain, but young leaves in spring can be destroyed by frost. New leaves are only produced in the spring and very early summer, so any damage at this time has a deep effect on the plant[1]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer and rabbits[1]. Plants are very attractive to slugs and snails, the young shoots in spring are especially at risk[111, K].

Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[2].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Hosta species. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Hosta species.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Hosta species
Genus
Hosta
Family
Funkiaceae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
?
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    ?
    Herbaceous or Woody
    ?
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    x meters
    Fertility
    ?
    Pollinators
    ?
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type












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