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Read here how to plant the hardy hostas, fertilize them and keep annoying snails away from the hostas.
Nowadays, up to 40 different types of hostas are offered in specialist shops, which can be distinguished primarily in the leaf color (green, yellow-green and white stripes) and in the flower color (predominantly in white, violet, rose).
Their exotic look always makes them a popular attraction in the shade bed, which they give a special splendor. And some flower sparks beguile their viewers even with a very enchanting scent!
The radios, growing between 20 and 80 cm high, can be planted outdoors or in pots. All you need is a shady to moderately semi-shady spot in the most nutritious, even loamy soil.
tip: Few varieties even tolerate the sun quite well, such as B. August Moon or Sum and Substance.
Most of the Funkien perennials spread quite abundantly in all directions over the years and can then easily be shared with a spade and replanted in a new location.
Pest control in radio arches
Snails are probably the greatest enemies of the radio. Especially since they tend to tamper with the fresh, green leaves of the perennial in spring and often eat them off ratzeputz. Which is why it is definitely worthwhile to spread snail grain around the hostas from spring to autumn.
tip: In the meantime, snail resistant varieties are already available in gardening stores, such as B. Big Daddy, June or Halcyon, etc.
Care tips for radios
Because of their large foliage, the sparks need a lot of water - including the perennials planted in tubs. Which is why they have to be watered several times on warm days - avoid waterlogging! And even on dry winter days, the radio must be moderately supplied with water.
tip: Bark mulch protects the hostas from drying out - especially in winter! Because sparks always like a damp floor.
Furthermore, sparks can be supplied with compost about twice a year (in April and immediately after flowering or in autumn) - incorporate it around the plant stem. If necessary, even minimal fertilizer can be administered before flowering.
As a winter protection, the Funkie should not be cut off her withered leaf dress, even if it turns unsightly brown and looks slightly mushy. In this way, the Funkie remains hardy and can withstand temperatures of up to -20 ° C almost without problems.
Only in early spring can the now mostly rotted leaves be cut off, in order to support the usually quite late shoot of the new leaves.
tip: Sparks that are kept in tubs, on the other hand, require additional winter protection, e.g. B. in the form of a garden fleece or a coating of the pot with coconut mats, etc.