How To Grow Hostas In Containers: A Beginner’s Guide

The following are some of the most common questions about growing hostas in containers. Please read through all the answers before asking your question. If you still have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask them here or at our forum .

Q: What kind of lighting should I use?

A: You can grow hostas in any type of light. However, it is recommended to use fluorescent lights (like CFL) for better results. They emit less heat than incandescent bulbs and they last longer too. For best results, use a 12V bulb so that you don’t overheat the plants during the night time.

Q: Can I put my hostas outside? Will they die from lack of sunlight?

A: Yes! You can place your hostas outdoors if you want. However, keep in mind that they will get sunburned very easily. So, make sure that you provide enough shade for them when they’re out there. Also, remember to bring a fan with you to blow air over the plants every once in awhile.

Q: Do I need special nutrients?

A: No! Just water and fertilizer as usual! No additives needed.

Q: What kind of soil (and ph) should I use?

A: Use whatever you have available at your local stores. As long as the ph level is around 6.5, the plant will be okay. If it’s too acidic or basic, then try to find something that is more neutral in ph.

Q: What about repotting? When do I do that?

A: Repot when the roots start to crowd the pot. If you’ve repotted it before, then you can probably skip it this time around. Just trim off the long, tangled roots and put some fresh soil in there. You don’t want the plant to be root-bound.

Q: What about insects and bugs? How do I get rid of them?

A: This is one of the easiest things to do! All you need is a hard stream of water and a good insecticide. The best time to spray is in the morning or evening when they’re not active. Of course, try not to kill beneficial ladybugs and bees!

Q: What do I do during the winter?

A: Most hostas will be growing pretty slowly at this point. So, you probably won’t need to water them as much. You can let the soil dry out a little in between waterings. You can also provide them with some protection from the cold if you want, but they can also survive just fine out in the open.

Q: What do I do during the summer?

A: In the summer, your plant is going to need a lot more water than usual. You can water it once a week if you live in a very hot and dry area.

Sources & references used in this article:

Fusarium root and crown rot: a disease of container-grown hostas by B Wang, SN Jeffers – Plant disease, 2000 – Am Phytopath Society

Effects of cultural practices and temperature on Fusarium root and crown rot of container-grown hostas by B Wang, SN Jeffers – Plant disease, 2002 – Am Phytopath Society

Effect of fertilization through geocomposite on nutritional status of Hosta’halcyon’plants grown in containers. by A Cabała, K Wroblewska, P Chohura… – Acta Scientiarum …, 2016 – cabdirect.org

Benzyladenine improves summer quality of hosta by HC Schultz, GJ Keever… – Journal of …, 2000 – meridian.allenpress.com

Influence of fertilizer placement on plant quality, root distribution, and weed growth in container-grown tropical ornamental plants by TK Broschat, KK Moore – HortTechnology, 2003 – journals.ashs.org

Pretransplant application of Goal (oxyfluorfen) for weed control in container-grown nursery crops by JF Derr – Journal of Environmental Horticulture, 1989 – meridian.allenpress.com

Distinct cultivar of Hosta Plant named” Foxfire Palm Sunday”” which is suitable for landscape applications and container growing by R Barrett, D Hughes – 2004 – Firefly Books

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