Hostas forum: Hostas, pipe dream in z9/10?

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Richmond TX (Zone 9a)
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vossner
Mar 7, 2016 10:55 AM CST
Pls post your secret to successfully growing hostas in your z9-10 garden, and cultivars if you know
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Mar 7, 2016 12:04 PM CST
I can only wish you good luck. But I know of people who have grown them.
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Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
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DebbieC
Mar 7, 2016 6:40 PM CST
Just from reading I've learned that the fragrant hostas tend to do a lot better in warm zones like yours and that growing them in pots works better than in the ground. Just the opposite from where I garden!
Name: Carol Roberts
Huntington Beach, CA (Zone 10b)
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CarolHB
Apr 29, 2016 4:41 PM CST
Is anybody still watching this? Oh, well, here goes. I just today purchased a Patriot and a Dream Queen at HD in 10b. All the local garden centers have them right now so I decided to try some because I want them. As I understand it the problem is overwintering with enough cold to keep them going for another year. So maybe these two will be annuals, but they cost me less than most other plants so I'm giving it a go.
Can't complain too loud about how the ball bounces when I'm the one who dropped it.
Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
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DebbieC
Apr 29, 2016 10:01 PM CST
I wish you success with overwintering your new hostas Carol. Patriot is a favourite of mine.
Being from a colder climate I can relate to growing less hardy perennials as annuals, lol. And often perennials can be a lot cheaper than some of the prestige annuals. Good luck!
Name: Carol Roberts
Huntington Beach, CA (Zone 10b)
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CarolHB
Apr 29, 2016 11:15 PM CST
I have thought about putting the tiny hostas in my porch rail planters. If I can keep them small enough I could buy them their own frig (one of those little office sizes) and keep them there for a couple months in winter. That requires a bunch more thought, tho - maybe I'll try a couple next year.
Can't complain too loud about how the ball bounces when I'm the one who dropped it.
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Sacramento California (Zone 9b)
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HamiltonSquare
Apr 29, 2016 11:47 PM CST
I planted one last year and it returned. Hosta 'Wide Brim' I've seen others here but don't know which ones they were. We had a relatively warm winter with only one day at freezing. I'm going to try others. My big worry were slugs and snails marking them up. There in a bright shade garden and just re-appeared this month. I'll take a photo soon and post it.
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Richmond TX (Zone 9a)
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vossner
Apr 30, 2016 5:47 AM CST
Hosta Stained Glass and Cathedral Windows are touted by PD as being hardy in z9a. I trust their descriptions. I found a Stained Glasd locally and planted. It has done well for 3 months or so but our above average rains will be detrimental. I will report here
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Apr 30, 2016 6:42 AM CST
CarolHB
'So Sweet' I think would be a good one to try in 10b, it take sun better than most hostas. So maybe planted in the shade there it would be OK.
I do grow 'Patriot' and 'Dream Queene' here in zone 8b ,they are slow growers here but do return every year.
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Name: Carol Roberts
Huntington Beach, CA (Zone 10b)
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CarolHB
Apr 30, 2016 6:59 PM CST
Thanks for the tip Larry. We did get a few nighttime temps at about 34 degrees, but the days warm up so much I don't think it really counts. Sunset Western Garden Book rates the planteginea species for zone 24, which this is, but the only ones I found were bulbs and I'm not ready for that until I know what's going to happen next.
Can't complain too loud about how the ball bounces when I'm the one who dropped it.

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