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Name: Paul
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Jun 22, 2013 9:22 PM CST
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Name: aud/odd
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Cinta
Jun 22, 2013 10:13 PM CST
That is nice Paul. I take it you are running out of ground space. Rolling on the floor laughing

I am going to take a few of the common ones and make some pots to put around the gazebo because I do not want to buy annuals every year. I have some extra Ostrich ferns I am going to use with the hosta. I am using Hosta Lancifolia, and Ventricosa. At least if they die it will not be a hardship. I know Lancifolia will not die. I have dug it up and left it laying on the patio all winter one year and the next Spring it was growing.
Name: Bev
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webesemps
Jun 22, 2013 10:44 PM CST
Nice Hostas in containers, Paul. Thanks for sharing!

Cinta, I also put in minimal amount of perennials in my 2 big ceramic pots instead of the yearly buy and display of a bunch of annuals. Gotta cut the spending somewhere. The annual Fall planting of Kale may still keep happening though...
Name: aud/odd
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Cinta
Jun 22, 2013 11:20 PM CST
Bev I switched to Heucheras instead of the Kale. The Kales are not hardy for my zone.

Paul I love that drift wood you put in the pot. It is like a exclamation point. Nice touch. That gives me an added thought of something to add to my perennial pots.
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jun 23, 2013 3:28 PM CST

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Very nice Paul. I love the different sizes, colors and textures. That has eye appeal written all over it. Lovey dubby
I agree with Cinta about the piece of wood in the pot, it does add drama.
Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Jun 23, 2013 4:14 PM CST
Thanks everyone. I have collected decorative wood for a number of years and I have quite a bit of it. My Hosta beds are full so I think I am going to work on some containers with smaller Hosta. I found an old beat up large rusty pan I may plant this week.
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CarolineScott
Jun 23, 2013 4:59 PM CST
And will they winter like that?---- or do you move them into ground for winter?
Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Jun 23, 2013 7:50 PM CST
They will live here through the winter in containers. I have a friend who grows many that way. Another friend just attended the Hosta convention and said that many people are using containers.
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jun 23, 2013 9:06 PM CST

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What a great idea. I never thought of using hostas in containers.
Name: Bev
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webesemps
Jun 23, 2013 9:46 PM CST
Seems like some of them would need really BIG containers!
Name: aud/odd
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Cinta
Jun 24, 2013 2:03 PM CST
webesemps said:Seems like some of them would need really BIG containers!


Hostas come in different sizes so you can do mini med or large. So yes some would need a big pot but a lot you could use a small pot no problem.

I have seen a lot of people now buying the mini hostas for patio pots. What I like if you have a shady corner it is such a good alternative to the usual impatient suspects.

Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Jun 24, 2013 2:18 PM CST
Exactly right Cinta.........there are sizes for every need,
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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tarev
Jul 3, 2013 1:02 PM CST
I have planted my Hostas in a container, but I was such a newbie with Hostas, not expecting how big they grow..but I find them very nice and lush Big Grin The only thing is the container looks so sad when it goes dormant, so I planted a small spider plant, so it does not look empty. I think the two plants are fighting, so the hostas not as big and lush like before.

I like the hostas in your container Paul, a smaller variety, I should find that one, might work much better for mine.

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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Jul 3, 2013 1:09 PM CST
Pretty container Tarev.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Jewell
Jul 3, 2013 11:42 PM CST
I love hostas in containers Hurray! Hurray!
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jul 5, 2013 11:40 AM CST

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Very nice tarev. Until seeing this thread I never thought of using hostas in containers.
Wonder if the hosta is getting root bound? Or needs fertilizer? How long have they it been in that container?
I just notice you have two different varieties in there. It makes me want to try a container.
Name: tarev
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tarev
Jul 5, 2013 1:17 PM CST
Actually there were three varieties in my container. Hmm..maybe I am remiss in fertilizing...my bad.. It would be about 3 years now in that container. I usually get some blooms during summer..this year none..I am still learning about growing hostas, as you know am more comfortable with succulents Big Grin So far I like that hostas are perennial, maybe next season I will repot and see what's under.
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jul 5, 2013 1:20 PM CST

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Went back and looked again, sure enough there are three different ones.
I don't know very much about hostas, so not much help on their care, other than they would maybe need feeding if in containers. Unlike out hardy succulents. Smiling
Name: aud/odd
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Cinta
Jul 18, 2013 6:14 PM CST
Lynn,
Your hosta would not need fertilizer if it is grown in a container. Good soil is all you need. I had a common Hosta in a syrofoam pot for 5 years before I moved. I had it in a styrofoam cooler with a Honeysuckle vine on the patio.

It would probably take about 5 years before it would be root bound in a large pot.

Since as you said you do not know about Hostas when I say common. It was a plain green hosta that real hosta collectors are not concerned about. It was Hosta Lancifolia. I was dividing the hostas in the garden and because I hate to throw plants away I had laid it in the pot. I had planned to get back to it and find a spot somewhere. It sat there with no soil all winter. After winter I saw it was growing so I put some soil in the styrofoam box and did my pretty up the styrofoam box and stuck a cutting of a Honeysuckle in the box with a trellis. It was a nice planting on a side concrete patio. It became a nice accident. I put a little rabbit statue in the box for interest.
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jul 18, 2013 6:47 PM CST

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Great and useful information Cinta. I really need to give a try at hostas in containers.

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