Sproute Hosta Bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

Coalfield, TN
Question by yankeerose19
March 2, 2001
i recently bought several hosta bulbs now they have sprouted and even have some plant growth in the bag what should i do? it is only march and i'm afraid we may have more frost. so i'm afraid it might be too early to plant them


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Answer from NGA
March 2, 2001

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The foliage on hostas will not tolerate a frost, so they will need to be protected until the weather settles. You could pot them up and keep them in a sunny window until the days are moderate. On days when the temperature is warm enough, set the pots outside in a sheltered location out of wind and in morning sun only (these are shade loving plants); at night when temperatures drop, bring the pots into a location where it will not be below freezing. This seems like a lot of work, but they will not be healthy if you leave them where they are now or plant them outside in the still cold weather.

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