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• How to grow and plant perennials

• How to grow and plant Hostas.

• How to plan a flower bed

• Winter Hardiness and why plants might not make it through a winter.

• Soil preparation techniques

• Local events like plant sales

• Information on local nurseries

• …and so much more!

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Debra Ackerman August 12, 2016 at 9:39 am

Judi, I love your website. The information is so useful for me as I live near Eau Claire so the information really pertains to my success with my Hosta Gardens.
Some of my Hosta are 30 year old off-shoots from my Grandmother, mother and now fortunately mine. I take great pride in keeping them vibrant all these years.
I have tried different varieties in the past few years and also discovered thru trial and error which are actually “sun tolerant” which in my case seems to be just one or two that like about 6 hours a day of full sun.
I’m still learning the different varieties, some look so similar. I’m really looking forward to following your events in the newsletter and attending one of your sales in the spring.
Thank you for such great dedication to helping those of use who love this beautiful plant also! Deb p.s. one quick question. I go to Arizona for the winter and sometimes like last year didn’t get back until May. Many of my perennials were long on their way this year. What is the earliest in the fall I can divide my hosta and transplant them to a new area? Thank you again.


Judi August 15, 2016 at 9:28 am

Hello Debra,
Nice to get mail from “locals”. It is about 1.5 hours to Eau Claire from here, but I have people from all over the U. S. and Canada signed up for my newsletter! Guess Hostas make a splash anywhere!
You can divide your Hosta any time during the summer. They just need to be kept watered well. August and Sept. are great times to do it. It is cooler and the nights are cooler. If you do it in August, they have ample time to get rooted again.
There aren’t really any Hosta for full sun. If you have some in a lot of afternoon sun, give them extra water every day or two when the weather is 85-95 degrees.
Hostas have the large leaves that evaporate moisture very quickly and need at least an inch of rain each week in normal weather, but when we get the real hot they dry out and burn real quickly. There are a few of the heavy substanced ones, even the heavy blue leaves that do okay in more sun.
Hope this helps,
Happy Gardening,


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