FLOW-HOST-1-5Regular price $12.00
Hosta look amazing in a tropical or elegant garden, but did you know that the baby shoots taste a little like asparagus? Are you brave enough to try them? We sell 3 good eating varieties: Gold Standard, Fortunei Albopicta, Francee.
Our Hosta come in 1.5l pots.
What are Hosta (Plantain Lily, Urui)?
Hosta are a stunning perennial plant with large, sculptural leaves. Originally a woodland plant, Hosta are ideal for hard-to-grow shady spots in the garden, or as a border plant. They look at home in a tropical or elegant garden and grow happily in a pot.
Culinary Uses for Hosta (Urui)
In Japan, Hosta are called Urui and are harvested as a food crop for hundreds of years. All hosta are edible, but Hosta Montana, Hosta Fortunei and Hosta Sieboldii varieties are the best for eating. (A note of caution though: While humans can eat Hosta they are toxic to dogs and cats.)
Young Hosta shoots are nice and crunchy, and taste a bit like asparagus. Stir fry with sesame oil and soy sauce, try them in tempura, or toss with vinaigrette in a salad. The shoots are also delicious fried in butter, or wrapped in bacon and roasted. Hosta flowers are also edible, but don't have as much flavour - they look stunning in a salad though!
To harvest young Hosta shoots, cut them off at the bottom of the plant before they unfurl, discarding outer leaves. Leave some shoots unharvested so your plant flourishes next season too.
Growing Conditions - Hosta (Plantain Lily, Urui)
The most important thing with Hosta, is to mimic their natural woodland conditions. Plant them in a shady - part shady spot, sheltered from wind. Hosta do best in rich, moist but well draining soil. During their first summer, mulch and water regularly.
Hosta may look tropical with their flashy big leaves, but they are actually very hardy. They may lose their leaves over winter or if hit by a spring frost, but usually recover. In spring, young shoots grow from winter-dormant rhizomes. At this point, protect Hosta from slugs, snails and rabbits - they can decimate your crop very quickly!
Hostas can be propagated by dividing in spring, but wait until they are at least three years old before you do this.