Hostas in Las Vegas - Knowledgebase Question

Henderson, NV
Question by BASKETSLV
February 11, 2001
I LIVE IN LAS VEGAS AND LOVE IT! BUT IT GETS HOT!
I HAVE 5 LARGE MESQUITE TREES AND I WANT TO PLANT HOSTAS UNDER THEM. SHOULD I PUT THEM IN THE GROUND? IF SO HOW? OR PUT THEM IN POTS?


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Answer from NGA
February 11, 2001

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Hmm. That's a tough one. Hostas are native to moist, humid, shady, cool "foresty" conditions. Just about the opposite of what we have here. Pots can dry out and "heat up" alot during the summer, but have the advantage of being portable so you could move them out of any direct sun. Putting them in the ground with a thick layer of mulch over the top would be better for establishing a root system, but whether they will survive being in sun is iffy. I wouldn't recommend hostas for the desert. But perhaps you have a microclimate that will support them.

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