Hostas forum: Buying pl;ants in bulk

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Clinton, MD 20735
Sep 4, 2017 8:17 PM CST
I'm new to hostas and need help to buy them. I have several areas in my yard that range from light, medium and heavy shade. If I were to plant one plant every square foot apart I would need about 1,400 plants of varying shade loving verities. Is there an economical way to buy these many plants? Is there a plant farm that an individual could go to, to buy hosta plants in bulk? Or do I need to buy them on sale from the few different nursery’s in my area. Thank you.
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Sep 4, 2017 8:28 PM CST, they have pretty good deals on hostas, on the small side, but a good way to go.

Also check with your nearby nurseries, some hostas grow fairly quickly so that you can divide them. I would start out slow, so as to not be overwhelmed with planting a lot of plants; also to get a little more acquainted with the needs of the plants. The spacing depends on the type of the Hostas, some will grow and spread several feet and some not so much. Maybe get some info on hosta growing at your library, or on line this fall and winter and start out in the spring. JMHO

Hostas do not do so well for the most part in heavy or deep shade.

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Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Sep 5, 2017 10:11 AM CST
I agree with Gilbert wild suggestion. Also end of season sales at your local nursery, Lowes and HD .

I do not think you are going to need 1400 hostas unless you are covering a couple acres of land. A lot of hosta can grow as large as shrubs.

I disagree with the dark shade. I love the Blues in dark shade they keep their blue all summer in dark shade.
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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Sep 12, 2017 5:31 AM CST
Unless you want the garden done instantly, you can certainly buy a few of a variety and then divide them - they will grow, but some varieties grow faster and are easier to divide than others. As mentioned above, some really large hostas will, in time, take a lot of space. Don't forget some companion plants as well.

And crawgarden is right that most hostas will not do well in really heavy shade, especially if that shade is dry. But in general, the blues will like more shade that some of the others.

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Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Sep 20, 2017 10:51 PM CST
I thought about the sun these days especially from Frilly's post of her hosta burning with a little morning sun. I think the zone plays a part in whether even a few morning hour of sun can cook hostas in higher zones.

I had a herchera browning all summer and I had it in total bright shade no direct sun at all. It has been in that spot for 2 yrs and it was fine.

I think the sun rays are getting stronger and depending on zone total shade might not be a bad way to go if you do not want crispy hostas in a zone 6. Those Hostas are cooking in 70s-90s degree weather from April to Sept. in Zone 6 and up.
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