Author: Peter Kelly, Content Manager
Rest, Renew, Regrow
Those are are three “R”s of horticulture. They apply to hostas just as they do to any other plant. The three “R”s help us understand the hosta growth stages. With those words I will answer one of our consumer’s questions: “Why are my hostas NOT growing?“
Before getting to those three “R”s, the gardener needs to understand that EVERY TIME they move a Hosta it goes into what is known as; “transplant shock”. Then it will go through different hosta growth stages as it adapts to its new surroundings.
It is a thousand times better to find that right place for the hosta, plant it, and care for it as you wait for it to grow vigorously!
OK, so you have your new hosta or heuchera planted and you’re excited for it to mature; but the plant just sits there. We assure you that only in film can a plant go ‘sproing’ and suddenly become full sized. The thing with gardening is that you have to be patient. How patient? Rest, Renew, Regrow!
Hosta Growth Stages Using the 3 “R”s
The first stage after you plant something it will … Rest. Resting means acclimating itself to where it is planted, getting used to the new spot of sun; trying to figure out what nutrients are below it. If you plant it late in the season it might rest through the second year as well.
The second stage will … Renew. Renewing means the plant might grow even a little smaller or to the size of what you first planted it. Fear not brave gardener for the plant is not being lazy on you! Be it known your plant is growing UNDER the ground and sending out rhizomes and gathering those important nutrients. Again, depending on the variety, it might carry its renewing into a second year. This is all just part of the hosta growth stages.
We get to the third stage … when the plant Regrows. This is that hosta growth stage where we may see leaps and bounds of growth. This is also the time where you might see your first scape and blossom on your plant. With each year after, the plant will keep moving toward maturity. Some hostas mature in three (3) years and others take 6 to 8 years primarily due to size and general rate of growth.
Even after that, the plant will continue to look good for years to come if cared for properly. Over these years, if the gardener is nice they may put in some extra fertilizer to help and encourage the plants to grow. Remember over-fertilizing can have hazards as well, so fertilize responsibility.
Now lets all take a deep breath and reflectively say, “Rest, Renew, Regrow.”; and remember to fully exhale.…