What should be considered when hibernating hostas?

What should be considered when hibernating hostas?

Which hostas should be overwintered?

Most of the hostas that stand in gardens in this country do not need winter protection. They can do just fine without a protective layer, because they are hardy down to -20 ° C or down to -25 ° C in protected locations.

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But some specimens should be protected. This includes:

  • newly planted hostas
  • freshly sown hostas
  • generally more sensitive varieties
  • Funkia that are in rough locations
  • Funkia in the bucket

Wintering measures: this is how it works!

The wintering of the hostas is completely uncomplicated. As soon as the first frost sets in, you will see that the above-ground parts of the plant die off. The hostas withdraw into their roots. If you leave the leaves lying around, they will act as natural winter protection.

You can also use brushwood, leaves or bark mulch to protect against frost. Funkia that are in the bucket should be wrapped with fleece or coconut mats (116.09 € on Amazon *). On the other hand, the bucket should be placed against the wall of the house, where the hostas are safe from snow and rain.

Keep an eye on the care before and after winter

  • Cut away old inflorescences before winter
  • no longer fertilize
  • Pour lightly in the bucket when it is dry
  • Completely remove old parts of the plant after winter
  • Fertilize from March / April


Before or after wintering, there is a good time to share the hostas.