Learn How to Grow Hostas Indoors to light up your space with its lush foliage and perfect tropical vibes. Read on to learn more!
Hostas are popular for their lush and variegated foliage that can add tonnes of beauty indoors. If you have always wanted to flaunt these plants in your rooms, then the wait is over! Here’s all you need to know about How to Grow Hostas Indoors!
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Hostas Plant Profile
Native to Asia, Hostas are famous for their beautiful foliage. The plant features ovate, variegated leaves in blue, green, yellow, and white.
The flower stalks arise from the mounds holding bell-shaped blossoms in white, purple, or lavender shades. Hostas are shade-loving plants and can be grown indoors in patios or pots.
Division is the easiest and cheapest way to propagate Hostas. The best time to do it is spring.
- Take out the entire plant from the growing medium and wash the roots. It will help you to see and divide clumps easily.
- Using a clean knife, cut the clumps.
- Plant the clumps in a good quality potting mix and keep them moist. It is essential to keep them well-watered because of the sudden decrease in root size, which will hamper their ability to absorb water, and keeping the growing medium dry will make it worse.
- Place it at a spot where it gets bright and indirect light.
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Best Pot Size for Growing Hostas
The key to growing hostas indoors is picking the right pot size, which depends on your growing variety. For dwarf varieties, a pot size between 10-12 inches is good.
However, for most other hostas, you will have to grow them in 12-18 inches large containers with a drainage hole at the bottom.
Best Varieties of Hostas for Indoors
Hostas are famous for their size and large leaves, so it is not possible to grow all of them indoors, keeping the space in mind. For rooms, you can go for small varieties like ‘Sunshine Glory,’ ‘Sum and Substance,’ ‘Frosted Mouse Ears,’ ‘Gold-Edged Plantain Lily,’ and ‘Blue Cadet’—all these grow between 8-12 inches high and wide.
If you have a bigger room and space, you can try growing ‘Sum and Substance’ and ‘Sunshine Glory’—both of them can reach 16-24 inches tall and wide.
Requirements to Grow Hostas Indoors
Hostas are not ideally houseplants but can be grown indoors if certain conditions are considered. The trick to growing Hostas indoors is to provide the plant with temperatures at or below 42F (5 C) to mimic winter-like conditions for 8-12 weeks.
The best way to make the plant thrive indoors is to keep it at a spot that gets bright indirect light with a bit of shade. Do not keep the plant in direct sunlight as it will burn the foliage.
Avoid using normal garden soil while growing hostas in pots. Use a potting mix with 50% well-rotten manure and 50% loamy soil. If the growing medium is clayey, amend it with peat moss or aged wood bark.
Adding a layer of organic mulch or shredded bark to the growing medium will be wonderful.
Hostas grow best in a constantly moist medium. Water them more during the hot days. For best results, water the plant deeply until it starts to ooze out from the drainage holes at the bottom, whenever the topsoil feels a little dry to touch.
Use balanced, water-soluble fertilizer once every 4-6 weeks. Diluted fish emulsion or chicken manure also does the job. Do NOT fertilize the plant in the fall or winter when the plant goes dormant.
You can also use Epsom salt to boost the plant’s growth and make its leaves greener and thicker. It also helps the plant to have a better resistance against diseases and pests.
Mix one tablespoon of Epsom salt in 1 gallon of water and spray once a month on the foliage in the rapid growth period. For more details on how to use Epsom salt for hostas, click here.
Temperature & Humidity
The plant will be more than happy to dwell inside your home with moderate heat. Avoid keeping it near a heating or AC vent.
Mist the leaves 1-2 times a week to elevate humidity levels. You can also keep its pot on a tray filled with pebbles and water.
Hostas Care Tips
- While growing them in pots, snip away yellowing or dead leaves from time to time.
- According to its growth, it will be a good idea to re-pot hosta once every 2-3 years.
- Do not ever let the growing medium dry out completely.
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