Hosta Francee is a perennial plant that mainly grows in shady areas. There are different varieties of Hosta Francee which are readily available. The optimal growth conditions for Hosta includes sun exposure; full or partial shade, soil type: clay, sandy or normal, Soil pH: acid, alkaline or neutral. The plant has heart-shaped leaves which are dark green and have clean white margins.
How to Grow Hosta Francee
The plant thrives well in moist, fertile, well-drained soil. In addition, moderate soil pH is necessary. You can lime your soil to achieve the ideal soil pH (6.5-7.3) for the propagation of Hosta Francee. Hosta Francee requires moist soil, so consider adding moist enhancers such as organic matter, leafmould or garden compost. Watering is very essential for the growth of Hosta Francee. Hostas will die or enter a dormant state if the soil is left dry for long periods. So providing reliable moist conditions is vital for the growth of Hosta Francee. This can be achieved by mulching and dressing your soil with completely-rotted organic matter. In addition, Hosta Francee requires fertile soil, so consider dressing your soil regularly with general purpose fertilizers.
Growing Hosta Francee in a Pot
Hosta Francee can be grown in large pot or container using well-rotted compost which could be soil-based. However, Hosta Francee grown in containers should be watered regularly to avoid drying out. Likewise, it is necessary and essential to feed your potted Hostas with liquid fertilizer. Additionally, when the pot is fully congested with roots and Hosta crown, uproot some of the Hostas and repot and replant them into a new container.
Pruning of Hosta Francee
Minimal pruning is required. Generally, Hosta Francee leaves fall off during winter and they are collected and taken into a compost pit. Moreover, unattractive flowers are chopped off and then consigned to the compost pit.
Propagation of Hosta Francee
Ideally, propagation and division of Hosta Francee are carried out during autumn and spring. This is because, at these ideal times, there is less need for water by Hosta foliage because at these two seasons there is sufficient water supply in the soil. Mostly, when dividing Hostas, some roots are lost; hence you need to undertake this process when the soil has enough water.
Before you divide your hostas, ensure that the soil is well-watered. This can be done on the previous day. Remember that the quality of your transplant depends on the number of roots that you chop off. To ensure minimal disturbance of roots, keep your spade around your Hostas at a distance to ensure that you are not cutting off roots. Divide your Hostas and clean them. Finally, replant your hostas into a new container.