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Re: Another seriously dumb question

  • Subject: Re: Another seriously dumb question
  • From: Ray W <wie1086@earthlink.net>
  • Date: Tue, 30 Apr 2002 18:07:03 -0400


hosta will grow well in pots, just keep them watered as they will dry out much
quicker than in the ground.


Ann James wrote:

> Honest, folks, the books don't tell  you this stuff.  You may recall that I
> thought my hostas had been abducted by aliens when they vanished last winter
> and then didn't come up when most everything else did.
> Well, they all came up, and they are way bigger than they were.  The last
> one in the front shade bed unfortunately came up under a hellebore and I
> couldn't get the hellebore up with a trowel, so I took out the hosta.  That
> wasn't easy, either, for it had made a root ball about the size of a
> softball.  But I was afraid to go get a spade for fear I'd cut up
> everything.
> So, my question is, do hostas flourish in pots?  I expect that people who
> show their hostas have them in pots, but I wonder if this is a long term
> thing.  I now have three in pots, the one that whatever bugs were attacking
> relentlessly in the front bed, one that was eaten to the ground in the back
> yard last year and I never expected to see again but it came up, and this
> one I detached from the hellebore.
> Evidently this is a good climate and soil, basic old piney woods soil with
> amendments, for perennials to flourish, because everything I stuck in the
> ground last year is up again.  Even the caladiums, which really like a warm
> soil before they poke out in the spring.  There are some holdover amaryllis
> from the previous owners that are blooming like crazy, a red and a white.  I
> wouldn't have planted them, but they're there and happy, so they may stay.
> I'm pretty impressed with the growth  of the hostas, and they must have been
> busy underground all that time to come up with so much more plant than I put
> in the ground last summer.  Pretty gratifyiing!
> Ann James
> Conroe, Texas Zone 8
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