Hostas forum: Best growth medium for a Hosta Bed

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Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Jul 10, 2016 12:39 PM CST

I have a gravel bed with a lot of good dirt beneath, can I put my hostas in this type of ground?

Name: Rob Duval
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robertduval14
Jul 10, 2016 4:41 PM CST

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No personal experience with growing them this way, but have seen many others that do...I think you will be ok.
Name: Gerry Donahue
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profesora
Jul 12, 2016 12:26 PM CST
Yes, however, use alfalfa in the hole before you plant it. This is the perfect way to feed your hostas for the next five years.

bracken
Jul 15, 2016 3:39 PM CST
Will Hostas grow with mulch around them? I was told mulch had too much acid in it, although I had never heard that before. So with some new landscaping I did put the red mulch around the hostas.
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Jul 15, 2016 5:15 PM CST
I am hoping they will grow in small river rock mulch as I am afraid the HOA landscapers would blow away the wood mulch.

I have tried containers and they do not survive the winters here.

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Name: Ann
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ViolaAnn
Jul 15, 2016 6:56 PM CST
I don't think there is any problem with hostas growing or not growing because of the mulch but some mulches provide perfect places for slugs to hide; so it's wise to keep the mulch back the the crown of the plant.
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Name: Rob Duval
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robertduval14
Jul 15, 2016 7:10 PM CST

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I am a landscaper. I see hundreds of yards. If there is one thing I know Hosta don't mind growing in...it's bark mulch. Bear in mind though, the Hosta should be planted in the ground, with the mulch being a top dressing, not just planted in deep mulch.

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