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confused about hostas

Crivitz, WI

Hi! I am attempting to order some hostas from Touch of Nature. They say that they provide the hostas as follows: Size: #1 division Plant: 1 Root Per 2 Sq Ft
What does that mean? Are they sending them bareroot? as a bulb? Thanks! pip. It is saying plant one every 2 square feet. It will take awhile for them to fill in that way. It also depends on which ones you are ordering...if it is Sum & will need that room...but if won't. They come in so many different sizes and colors..literally thousands. It takes about three or four years for a Hosta to gain full size. If you don't want to wait ..plant them closer and move or divide when they get crowded for you...I like them close, but others may want them set apart.

SE Houston (Hobby), TX(Zone 9a)

Is is ever advisable to sink a hosta into the soil while it's still in the pot to help control it's spread? I have a coupla run of the mill albomarginata in a small flowerbed. Just sat the pots on the soil, and I've been wondering what would happen if I just planted it, pot and all?

You could certainly do that. I have Hostas in containers (for years) and they do very well.

SE Houston (Hobby), TX(Zone 9a)


Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)


i was actually thinking of that today... but more to prevent voles from eating the roots, not for containment.

Cordele, GA(Zone 8a)

Do Hostas grow well under pine trees with all the tree roots? I'm about to receive my first Hostas and the only shady area are under the pines.

Garner, NC(Zone 7b)

I have hosta planted under pine trees. No problem here. I do try not to plant too close to the trunk of the tree where the roots are thickest. I also try to adjust my planting space if I run into a big root. You will have to keep up on the watering, though. Competition can be fierce, you know. Also, try mixing your plantings with some really tough stuff. Rhodea will take root competition well. See PDN site for more info

Cordele, GA(Zone 8a)

Thanks, I was confused about Hostas too. I'll start digging again farther out from the trunk. That was my problem, too close to the trunk.

Garner, NC(Zone 7b)

Good luck with your garden. I have been putting some of my hosta 'collection' under pine. They are mixed with lots of other shady things like ferns, columbines, and some coral bells. Everything looks great so far. I love the look of everything nestled among the pine straw.

Mchenry, IL(Zone 5a)

i have 75 ft tall pines and grass wont grow so its hostas ,lungwort, bleeding heart, hydrangias, ferns, epimedium, dead nettle, coral bells etc. itry something different every year. watering is a must as tggfist says! i have soaker hoses under the pine mulch.

Garner, NC(Zone 7b)

Soaker hoses are a great idea. Unfortunatley for me, the dogs tend to dig the hoses and bite them. Then the holes are a littttle too big...they're drowner hoses. I'll just have to bite the bullet and pull out the hose frequently. I have some shamrocks back there, too. The little pink or white flowers are charming. The purple ones look good next to hostas!

Vicksburg, MS(Zone 8a)

Before you pull up all your soaker hoses, try this (I have a dog who like to eat them too). Buy some landscape staples and tack the hose to the ground--put the staples fairly close, every couple of feet or so. This makes it where the dogs can't get a good grip to pull the hose up where they can chew on it. Next, buy a big can of the cheapest black pepper you can find and sprinkle it liberally all around your flower bed. They get a good snootful of that and they won't want to go there anymore. Good luck.

Garner, NC(Zone 7b)

Great idea, NL. Maybe a snootfull of pepper would keep them away from the tree with the baby birds, too.

Vicksburg, MS(Zone 8a)

Hopefully it will. I had some doves nest in one of my trees several years ago and couldn't keep my cats away. I modified my own idea by making up some little "sachets" full of pepper and hung them in several branches--worked like a charm! I put them just above the first crotch in the tree where the cats naturally wanted to stop in their climb to the top.

Garner, NC(Zone 7b)

That's a fantastic idea! I'll let you know how it works on the dogs. I don't really have to worry about cats...or rabbits...or voles...or other dogs. These two really patrol the grounds:)

Champaign, IL(Zone 5b)

I have a whirlwind hosta, and its doing good this year. The only problem is that most of the leaves have a slash right through the middle. I think this happened because of the second freeze we had...I didn't protect it. Do you think this could be the problem, and if so, should I remove the leaves or leave them? They don't look too bad and last year slugs got it so I cut off the damaged leaves thinking new ones would grow....they didn't. But, that was in late summer. I want mine to flower and seed...I want to try to wintersow the seeds...any stories on wintersowing hostas would be appreciated too.


Garner, NC(Zone 7b)

kls, there's lots of info and expertise on the hosta forum. You should check it out. Lots of those folks wintersow. As for the torn leaves, I have that sometimes, too. In my case, it's the dogs that like to lie on newly emerging hostas. I usually just 'leave' them alone. (sorry, bad pun) As long as neither the dogs or the hostas are permanently harmed, it's ok by me:)

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