Sunday, September 27, 2009

What to do with hosta at end of season part 2

Another late blooming hosta 'rupifraga'
I decided to do a series of posts about what to do with your hostas at the end of the season, since it seems to be a very popular question, especially this time of year. Many people ask me if they can bring their hosta inside during the year. Some think their foliage resembles a philodendron, so how wonderful it would be to have them in the house. Others mistake their normal fall downturn (yes, they start to brown, and leaves will die off) for them dying, and think bringing them in the house will bring them back to life. The truth is that hostas need a period of dormancy. Just think of hostas, as the bears of the plant world. Just like bears, hosta need to hibernate during the winter. Some people have done experiments bringing hostas in the house, and putting them in the freezer for a couple of weeks. I have never tried it myself, though I am tempted to do it this year. Maybe if I put one in the freezer now, and then planted it again later in the winter it would help chase away the winter blues!


Jeff Branch said...

I was working in the yard yesterday and I decided to divide off a sport of my H. Fire and Ice. That video post you did several weeks back helped me do it.

Hosta Nerd said...

Cool! So glad it helped you!