Hostas forum: Sun Tolerant hostas

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Missouri (Zone 6a)
Jul 6, 2016 11:19 AM CST
Is there a list around here of hostas that will take afternoon sun?
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Jul 6, 2016 1:01 PM CST
Don Rawson has a list on I'm not sure if any hostas can tolerate the afternoon sun and continue to look good. But it won't kill them, just burn the leaves. You'd have to water them more than normal.
Name: Gerry Donahue
Pleasant Lake, IN (Zone 5b)
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Jul 6, 2016 5:03 PM CST
I have several in full afternoon sun without burning as long as they are watered several times a week. I water all hostas almost everyday, and when we have no rain for a while, I water everyday, and sometimes twice a day.

Fragrant Bouquet
Fragrant Dream
Great Arrival
Happy Valley
Lemon Meringue
Queen Josephine
Paul's Glory
Pineapple Upsidedown Cake
Sum and Substance
Summer Breeze
Orange Marmalade

Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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Jul 7, 2016 5:08 AM CST
I'm only zone 5a, but since we lost an ash tree, I have 'Curly Fries', 'Roller Coaster Ride', 'Little Treasure' growing in full sun and thriving. A border of 'Allan P. McConnell' is also in full sun but the colour fades. And in only a little bit of shade, 'Wheee!' is doing well. I have others here who look great now but will start looking a bit crispy by the end of July.

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Missouri (Zone 6a)
Jul 7, 2016 10:34 AM CST
Ok, great guys, thanks! I have an area that I really want hostas and have trees planted that will eventually give mostly shade, but for now just too much sun. It is easy to water because the spout is close, and I will put them in fairly good soil and mulch them. I think some of mine burned because I morning watered and then the sun came out and they burned holes in them. I do not ever water in the morning now, only evening. I think that gives them more time to drink it up and be cool before the sun sucks it all away. Zone 6 and my afternoons in July and Aug are pretty hot.

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