Hostas In The South - Knowledgebase Question

Prairie, MS
Question by blackfordqui
March 26, 1999
I have always heard that hostas will grow well in the shade. I would like to know if it will grow on the west side of the house, were it will catch a lot of mid-day and afternoon sun?


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Answer from NGA
March 26, 1999

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Hostas struggle in the combined heat and humidity of our southern summers. I think the location you mentioned would be too much for them. If you hope to make a success with hostas, you will need to give them a soil enriched with organic matter and keep them moist but not soggy. They need protection from the hot afternoon sun and in fact, do best with a dappled shade or maybe a little morning sun.

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