truth or lie....hosta and nut trees

Brewster, MN(Zone 4b)

Someone told me today that you shouldn't put hosta plants near nut trees. Is this true? Black walnut I could understand, maybe. But any nut tree? Anyone have an opinion?

Peoria, IL(Zone 5a)

Black walnut trees are ok to plant hostas under. Hostas are immune to that chemical they produce which inhibits plant growth.

Oquawka, IL(Zone 5a)

I plant under Hickory trees and haven't had any problems with the hostas growing. This be is all hickory trees. The biggest problems I have are the nuts falling on the plants, and squirrels burying the nuts in the beds. Do I dare mention that I hate those bushy-tailed little varmints?

Rose

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Brewster, MN(Zone 4b)

Thanks for the responses, that's good news! Rose, what a lively hosta bed. And so neat, too.
Would you like some squirrel recipes? It's one of my favorite foods. Really!

Peoria, IL(Zone 5a)

I love all animals and will put up with a lot but I can't stand squirrels. The only good squirrel is a dead one. I have had too many plants damaged by them.

Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

Don't have any personal experience - nuts trees don't do well in Ottawa, but there used to be someone here regularly who had all her hostas under black walnut trees.

Pleasant Grove, UT

Rose...No comment on nut trees but that is one impressive bed of hosta!

Portsmouth, VA(Zone 8a)

OH! Rose, what a nice Hosta Garden. :)

Oquawka, IL(Zone 5a)

Thanks! Unfortunately, the squirrels come with the nut trees...

Rose

Portsmouth, VA(Zone 8a)

I hear you! Around here all they mess with is the bird feeders and so I just mix Cayenne pepper with the seed. You can sprinkle a little around your plants too, let him get a sniff of that!

Susan

Pocono Mountains, PA(Zone 6a)

Hosta was the first plant that lived in my shady north garden under black walnut trees. The chemical they produce is called juglone. Hostas are immune. I have hostas and tiger lilies - I call it my tiger garden. I started black hollyhocks from seed to add. I am going to try heuchera and astilbe when I thin my plants this week.

I hate squirrels also, especially when they get in the building. My neighbor has an air pistol...nuff said.

Oquawka, IL(Zone 5a)

I have to sweep the steps regularly because of the nut shells the little varmints throw around! My hosta beds look awful with all the nuts and shells in them.

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