The Q&A Archives: Hostas

Question: I transplanted hostas last spring and planted them round our trees. They did not look very good for the rest of the season and it doesn't look like they are coming back. What did I do wrong?

Answer: It may be too early in the season for your hostas to begin producing new foliage. The only problem with growing hostas under trees is that hostas like moist soils and the soils beneath trees are typically on the dry side. This is because tree roots compete for all the moisture and nutrients beneath their canopies, which leaves little in the soil for anything else trying to grow in the area. You can counteract this by watering the area more frequently and by mulching around the plants to help hold even more moisture. Give your hostas another chance to adjust. If they still look puny in mid=summer, you may want to move them to a shady area with less root competition. Good luck with your hostas!

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