Will Hostas Grow Under An Established Oak Tree? - Knowledgebase Question

Windham, NH
Question by gloriaeno
March 25, 2001
I have a large established oak tree on my south lawn. I would like to try planting hostas around the base. Is this likely to be successful? Would vinca be more appropriate in this setting?

Answer from NGA
March 25, 2001


Planting under oaks can be difficult as their extensive root systems compete for water and nutrients. Both hosta and vinca require regular water. It would be better to choose something that doesn't need alot of water. Whatever you choose, don't plant within 10 feet of the trunk and be careful not to damage roots. Damaged roots provide an entry point for pests and disease.

You must be signed in before you can post questions or answers. Click here to join!

« Return to the Garden Knowledgebase Homepage

Member Login:



[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by ge1836 and is called "August Caladiums"