I have lost several Pandora's Box but like it so keep trying. A few years ago I found a nice plant with several divisions at a local nursery. I planted it where it gets filtered sun and some late day sun and no other special treatment, with other Hosta. So far so good. If you can get an established plant in a pot plant I would recommend it. If not I might pot it for a couple of seasons and give extra attention until it has a good root system. Here is mine.
I think they ARE fussy. Mine was doing quite well until 2 years ago. I had a shallow metal pot sunk into the garden. Had holes for drainage, but in a wet year they were inadequate. I nearly lost everything. Dug up, potted and moved all of the Baby Bunting family. They are still with me but PB is very small and Cherish is even smaller.
When I bought my PB a couple of years ago I divided it and planted it in four locations. One dry, one wet, one very wet and the other inside the open root of a Silver Maple. It doesn't like dry or very wet. The one beneath a birdbath gets watered often by the birds and is doing fine. It has the longest petioles. The one in the tree root looks the best to me. It doesn't have a lot of soil in there and it can't pull moisture from the surrounding soil so I have to keep that watered. I have to move the dry and very wet ones before I lose them. I have the added disadvatage of the feeder roots from my maples going against me.
I find that it doesn't like full shade. Of my two that do the best the one under the birdbath gets a couple hours of early morning sun only while the one in the tree root gets no morning sun and only a couple of hours of early afternoon 40% shade.
I also have the other sports of Baby Bunting. Cameo, Cherish & Hope. They don't seem to be as picky as Pandora's Box.
Thanks for sharing that, I have seen the one in the tree root before and I thought it was a real cute idea and it's your call, you keep it watered and it looks happy there. To me it looks the best of the four, go figure. Is that moss in there, did you plant that or does it just happen to grow in your area?
The moss just grew there on its own. I don't have that type of moss growing anywhere else in my yard. Before I put down mulch last year the surface of my soil would turn green because I rarely ever let it dry out. It was algae.
Knock-on-wood ! That is awesome. I see you have pine needles around it. I hear that puts acid into the soil, around here people use around Azalea's and they (the Azalea's) are stunning under a pine tree. :)
I don't do anything special with mine, but it seems to be happy. It is in partial shade. It gets morning sun, but not hot afternoon sun. I found it didn't do well in the spot where it was getting afternoon sun so I moved it to its present location. I give it compost in the spring and fertilizer in the summer and fall. Also, I cover it for winter protection. And I mulch it. I have a soaker hose that keeps it moist, but not overly wet. That's it! Hope this helps.