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Sep 21, 2015 6:03 PM CST
At my mother's house there is a raised hosta bed. It rings out about 6 feet from the trunk. Problem, the hosta look like they are getting smaller than last yr. Help what can I do? Any suggestions? Should I move them? This is at a very good place where they can be seen by traffic and our front porch swing.
Oct 5, 2015 1:58 PM CST
|Maple trees tend to have shallow, spreading roots which can definitely interfere with hostas. You might have success growing those hostas in large pots around the tree. Otherwise, they would benefit from being moved.|
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Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
Nov 28, 2015 1:13 AM CST
|more water. with the shallow roots of the maple as being in competition with the roots of the hostas, it sounds to me like theres not enough water to go around. we have a raised bed of hostas around one of our very mature Japanese maples and they do fine with the help of soaker hoses.|
Dec 30, 2015 1:47 PM CST
|they will keep getting smaller and smaller as the tree roots choke it out. You basically cannot grow much of anything well under a maple. They are far too invasive. Raised planters would work.|
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
Feb 13, 2016 5:23 PM CST
|Would Japanese Maples be considered in this thread? Because we have two very large, very mature Japanese Maples in our yard, each having at least 7-8 hostas completely surrounding them. along with ferns, coral bells, and the like. the hostas are doing great! haven't experienced any of the problems spoken about above. in fact, the hostas are thriving there. the biggest problem we had regarding this issue was getting past the roots of the maple in order to get the hostas in the ground. they made digging holes for the hostas a real pain. but once we were able to locate the gaps between the roots it was all good. cant say the dreaded "maple effect" has done anything to hamper the performance of our hostas beneath it. my two cents.|
Feb 17, 2016 12:37 PM CST
|I have been growing hostas under a very large maple tree for about 15 years. I would have moved them all to a new area except I am stubborn and REALLY wanted them there. So I just dig them up about every 3 years (one by one as I have a few minutes), remove the roots that are entangled with the hosta roots, remove the surface maple roots from the hole area, and put the hosta back in the same spot. Of course I will have to do the same thing in another 3 years, but it's worth doing in my opinion! I do this for each hosta even if it isn't showing a problem...yet. I had the same problem under a cottonwood tree, but for those hostas I moved them to a new location, where I thought they would not only thrive, but look better. I don't grow any perennials in pots because of our cold winter temperatures. I did plant a seedling hosta in a hollow of a 3 ft. long chunk of a branch, and last fall I covered the whole branch with a foot of mulch. It will be interesting to see this spring if the hosta survives!|
Feb 17, 2016 12:53 PM CST
|Linda do the hosta actually increase in size? Mine just sit there never growing.|
Feb 18, 2016 1:36 PM CST
Frillylily said:Linda do the hosta actually increase in size? Mine just sit there never growing.
I know some of the "newer" ones are definitely increasing, like my own 'Winning Colors'... I have a couple dozen plants that would be too crowded if I didn't keep taking divisions for friends/guests. But the older mature plants like 'Elegans' or 'Paradigm', I'm not sure if they're continuing to increase in size or not. I have one plant that I don't know what it is... I purchased it as 'Venus', but when it first bloomed the flowers were lavender and not fragrant! I love the plant for its form and vigor, definitely increasing, but I hope to be able to identify it some day! For years now I have been calling it 'Vee-not'!
I'll have to take photos of every hosta there this summer and compare to older pictures... works better than memory!