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Hosta Venus: characteristics, growing and planting conditions, maintenance and uses.

Hostas are good garden plants, thriving in all soils from pure clay to boggy ground and they usually get bigger every year. They don’t seem to suffer from any significant diseases but their enemy at times are slugs and snails. The cultivar, ‘Blaue Venus’ has small to medium thick, oval blue green leaves. Pale lavender bell shaped flowers bloom on bare 16 inch stems in the midsummer.
Large pure white, double flowers on tall spikes, tower above the lush green foliage from mid summer. The elegant fragrant blooms of this variety can even be cut for a vase indoors. An impressive border or container plant for dappled shade. Also excellent as ground cover in woodland gardens or on the outskirts of ponds and boggy areas. Height and spread: 45cm (18”).

Growing Hostas Venus

– Plant in light to medium shade in well-drained moisture retentive soil enriched with organics.
– Dig a hole wide enough to accommodate the bareroot with its roots spread out and deep enough that the crown of the plant is just a few cm below soil level.
– Backfill the hole with soil and firm the plant in gently. Leave a slight depression around the plant this will help to direct water towards the roots.
– Water well to settle the soil.

How to Propagate Hosta Plants

– Dig all around the Hosta base with a flat shovel. Dig about 1 foot down, and gently pull up on the shovel with each push.
– Pick up the plant and gently shake some of the soil off, to see the roots clearly.
– Make the first cut down the middle, with a kitchen knife or a small saw.
– Look for stalks of Hosta, that are away from the main group, and cut these off as well. Try to divide in groups of 3 or more.
– Take the divided piece of Hosta, and place in the desired location. Water well, and begin filling in around the plant.
– Fill the soil up to the base of the plant. Pack the soil firmly around the roots.
– Keep watering the transplanted Hosta daily, until the roots have taken hold, and the plant starts to grow larger.


– In autumn, remove old foliage and apply a mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost to the base of the plant.
– Lift and divide Hosta plants in autumn every third year to maintain their vigour.

Ideal For: Attractive Foliage, Bog Garden, Border, Containers, Cottage Garden, Cut Flower, Ground Cover, Scented, Woodland Garden.

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